Ofqual has today confirmed the changes that will be made to GCSEs in England for teaching from September 2012.
The English Bac would help reverse a steady decline in GCSE entries for geography and history, he added.
When England’s secondary school league tables are published on Wednesday, they will include the new measure.
The tables will show what proportion of a school’s pupils got at least a C in English, maths, science, a language and either geography or history at GCSE.
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English Baccalaureate – for any student who secures good GCSE or iGCSE passes in English, mathematics, the sciences, a modern or ancient foreign language and a humanity.
This combination of GCSEs at grades A*-C will entitle the student to a certificate recording their achievement. At the moment only around 15 per cent of students secure this basic suite of academic qualifications and fewer than four per cent of students eligible for free school meals do so. So to encourage the take-up of this combination of subjects, special recognition in performance tables will be given to those schools which are helping their pupils to attain this breadth of study.
Link to White paper EBacc pages here
The Humanities subjects included are:
GCSE in History
GCSE in Ancient History
GCSE in Geography
Cambridge International Certificate in History
Cambridge International Certificate in Geography
CIE legacy iGCSE in History
CIE legacy iGCSE in Geography
Changes to the reporting of results and attainment tables are also available – click here
The status of our subjects appears to be rising again – AT LAST!!