Taken from BBC News article published today, following speech in the House of Commons by Michael Gove:
A new benchmark for school achievement under what will be called an English baccalaureate is being set.
This means pupils will be encouraged to take GCSEs in English, maths, a science, a modern language and a humanities subject.
He believes too many schools opt for softer subjects in a bid to boost their league table positions.
Mr Gove said: “I don’t think that we should say to children just because they come from a certain background that they shouldn’t expect to have any understanding of this country’s history or learn a foreign language.”
I guess the key word in this is ‘encouraged’. Does this mean that students will be made to take History or Geography at GCSE?
Time will tell!
To see the full report and video of the speech, click here