Here is an interesting article
from the Sec Ed website about the government's sneaky move to make the English Bac retrospective. It quotes John Townsley, a leading figure in the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, and a head of one of Gove's new academies, calling for the government to think again.
Elsewhere in the TES
, Brian Lightman, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders also urges Michael Gove to do one of his now familiar U turns, reflecting criticism of the English Bac we have seen articulated on this site. The arguments against seem to be hardening around what is left in and out of this new wrap around qualification, and the ongoing exclusion of RE and other more practical, but also challenging and stimulating subjects like Art, Music, Drama or applied languages and science.
Above all the decision to make it retrospective is seen as hugely unfair for schools that couldn't possibly have known three years ago when pupils were choosing GCSE options, that they would be judged by a completely different benchmark.
Definitely time for Mr Gove to think again on this one.