20 August 2015
Commenting on today’s GCSE results, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“Today’s GCSE results are a reflection of the hard work of pupils and their teachers throughout their study programme.
"The increased take-up of certain subjects needs to be looked at and considered carefully in the context of medium and long term trends. Measures such as the EBacc are bound to have an effect on entries, but it is vital that the uptake of the ‘academic’ subjects they represent isn’t at the expense of learner choice. Students must have the freedom to study areas which they find rewarding and in which they can excel.
“Most importantly, it is vital that we do not send the message to learners that areas such as performing and creative arts, design and technology, PE or vocational subjects are of lesser importance than the EBacc subjects. All of those areas contribute to a rounded education. For many young people non-Ebacc subjects can form the basis of future learning and valid and rewarding career opportunities in sectors which contribute substantially to the UK economy. The NUT urges the Government to remove the EBacc and other accountability measures which narrow and distort the curriculum on offer to young people.