Thursday, 1 November 2012

The effects of the English Baccalaureate

A Research Report (Ref: DFE-RR249) by Helen Greevy, Anastasia Knox, Fay and Julia Pye (Ipsos MORI) published October 2012 by the Department for Education

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is not a qualification in itself, but it is the term applied to the achievement of GCSEs at grades ‘A*’-‘C’ across a core of academic subjects; English, maths, history or geography, the sciences and a language.

Ipsos MORI was commissioned by the DfE to carry out research on the effects of the EBacc. The EBacc was introduced as a measure in the 2010 school performance tables.

The quantitative survey of teachers largely repeated a survey of teachers conducted in 2011 and, where possible, comparisons are made across the two survey years.

The current research included a quantitative mixed mode (telephone and online) survey of teachers with some involvement in Year 9 GCSE choices, qualitative case study work with teachers and Year 9 pupils, and qualitative telephone interviews with parents/carers.

Report includes:
  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • Take-up of the EBacc
  • Effects of the introduction of the EBacc on schools
  • Awareness and understanding of the EBacc
  • Other effects of the EBacc
  • Appendices
Research Brief (PDF 10pp)

Full report (PDF 86pp)

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