In the House of Lords on 26 April, Edge Chair, Lord Baker, called for a ‘fundamental change’ to the current EBacc which requires pupils to study a core of seven subjects – English literature and language, maths, two sciences, a language and either history or geography. Edge is currently campaigning for technical and creative subjects to be included in the curriculum, as outlined in its report [14-19 Education – A New Baccalaureate] to equip young people with a greater breadth of skills and prepare them for the workplace.
‘The former Conservative Education Minister said that many companies are finding it impossible to employ young people leaving school aged 16 or 18, because they do not have the skills that industries require. The number of students taking GCSEs in Design and Technology and art and design have fallen by 10% and 5% respectively during 2015/2016. Lord Baker warned that the need to address the skills gap now had an even greater urgency as the UK prepares to leave the European Union.