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What is the English Baccalaureate?

“The Government’s goal is that at least 90% of pupils in main stream secondary

schools will enter the English Baccalaureate”

Department for Education

The Department for Education have recently stated that the English Baccalaureate will become a compulsory

qualification for over 90% of students. The English Baccalaureate recognises where pupils have secured a

good pass across a core of academic subjects – English, Mathematics, History or Geography, the Sciences

and a Language. This is part of the current government’s emphasis on the importance of a curriculum that

is mainly academic. The subjects included in the English Baccalaureate have been chosen to ensure that all

students have the opportunity to study a broad and balanced core of subjects, ensuring that doors are not

closed to them in terms of future progression.

The Russell Group of 20 leading UK Universities identify ‘facilitating subjects’ at A level. These are some of

the subjects most likely to be required or preferred for entry to degree courses and ones that will keep the

most options open. The subjects they set out are those included in the English Baccalaureate – Mathematics,

English, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, History and Languages. A study by the London Institute

of Education and Surrey University also highlighted the positive impact that achieving success in the

broad range of English Baccalaureate subjects has on access to top universities and on leading to future

professional careers.

The English Baccalaureate does not form a compulsory ‘core’ of our Key Stage 4 curriculum however

we strongly recommend this for the majority of or students.

English Baccalaureate