19 July 2017
Commenting on the Department for Education’s new target for 90% of pupils to take EBacc subjects by 2025, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said;
“The Government now intends to introduce yet another accountability measures on which schools will be scrutinised and judged, including by Ofsted. Ofsted’s own survey of teachers’ perceptions of inspection showed that 81% of survey respondents thought inspection judgements are overly reliant on data currently. This latest measure will simply make matters worse.
‘Research carried out by Kings College London for the NUT showed that 74% of teachers believed that the EBacc has narrowed the Key Stage 4 curriculum offer in their school. Arts and technical subjects are often the losers. The Government’s persistence with a measure which reduces students’ opportunities to take part in such subjects risks disengaging them from education altogether.
‘We will continue to push the Government to listen to the many concerned voices opposed to a policy which enforces a straight-jacket on educational choice.”