Andy Burnham is expected to promote the Modern Baccalaureate
at the Labour Party Conference
today. The ModBac is an alternative to Mr Gove’s EBacc which expects pupils to achieve GCSEs C and above in English, maths, two sciences, a foreign language and one humanities subject: geography or history. The EBacc has been criticised for leaving out creative and technology subjects, and omitting religious education from the list of humanities.
The new award, which is being piloted in Hull and has the support of the Archbishop of York, expects pupils to gain GCSEs in eight subjects including English, maths, science, and information and communications technology (ICT). There will be an honours programme which requires pupils to take part in activities that show enterprise, such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s award.
Mr Burnham is expected to say: "It's indefensible that Latin is promoted above ICT, engineering, business studies or economics in the English bacc. It's indefensible that creative subjects don't feature.”
Is the ModBac a better qualification for school pupils that the Ebacc?