Just stumbled on this
on the DfE website. The English Baccalaureate unveiled in the White Paper last month is now going to be included in league tables published in January next year, based on examinations taken last summer. Schools will be judged on the number of pupils achieving Maths, English, a humanity, science and a modern foreign language at GCSE. This is surely the equivalent of changing the rules in the middle of a game. Most schools didn't have a clue they were going to be judged on the number of pupils taking a modern foreign language for example. Many would need several years preparation, and probably to recruit new staff, in order to compete in this way. Hard not to draw the conclusion that this is designed to flatter certain schools, grammars and private in particular, at the expense of the rest.