Narrow EBacc restricts curriculum

Date: 19.07.17
Voice’s response to outcome of DfE’s Implementing the English Baccalaureate consultation


19 July 2017 

Narrow EBacc restricts curriculum

Commenting on the Government’s response to the consultation on the English Baccalaureate, Voice General Secretary Deborah Lawson said:

“While we are pleased that the Government has finally published its response, and has scaled back on some of its proposed targets, Voice continues to have serious concerns about the EBacc.

“We regard the EBacc as narrow, restrictive and pointless. This arbitrary choice of subjects does not promote a broad and balanced curriculum, and excludes vocational and technical subjects, RE, drama, music and ICT from a measure of supposedly ‘rigorous’ academic subjects. 

“Voice has also raised its concerns about many schools’ ability to deliver the full range of EBacc subjects during the current teacher recruitment and retention crisis. The scarcity of teachers in many subjects seems to be reflected in the DfE’s watered down targets for pupils studying EBacc subjects.” 

Further information: Department for Education (DfE): 

Trends in arts subjects in schools with increased EBacc entry

English Baccalaureate: equality analysis

Implementing the English  Baccalaureate: Consultation outcome

Written Statement from Minister Nick Gibb MP 

Further information: Voice

Voice's consultation response

Comment on the Voice Blog


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