The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) was introduced as a performance measure for schools in England in the 2010 performance tables. It is not a qualification. The measure recognises where students have achieved a grade 5 (or grade 4) or better at GCSE in English, Mathematics, History or Geography, two sciences (including Computer Science) and a modern or ancient language. The Ebacc includes academic subjects highly valued by universities, but it is not currently required for entry to any university. It is, however, made up of subjects which are considered essential to many degrees and open up lots of doors.
Research shows that a pupil’s socio-economic background impacts the subjects they choose at GCSE, and that this determines their opportunities beyond school. A study by the UCL Institute of Education shows that studying subjects included in the EBacc provides students with greater opportunities in further education and increases the likelihood that a pupil will stay on in full-time education. Sutton Trust research reveals that studying the EBacc can help improve a young person’s performance in English and maths.
The full detail of our EBacc Policy can be read here: