14-19 Education – A New Baccalaureate

Lord Kenneth Baker, Chair of the Edge Foundation, is calling for radical action to ensure that the curriculum truly prepares young people for employment in a global digital economy.

14-19 Education – A New Baccalaureate proposes to broaden the Government’s English Baccalaureate (EBacc), taking it away from the curriculum of the early Twentieth Century and ensuring that it offers all young people the chance to develop a range of skills.
The new broader Baccalaureate would include:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Two science GCSEs – one of which could be computer science
  • A creative GCSE from a list which would include art and design, music, dance and drama
  • A humanities GCSE from a list which would include history, geography, religious education and foreign languages
  • A design and technology GCSE or an approved technical award. Examples include the Cambridge National Certificate in Engineering and the Pearson BTEC First Award in Construction and the Built Environment.

The report goes further to suggest that we should move to treating 14-19 as a unified phase of learning, allowing young people and teachers more flexibility to ensure that everyone can fulfil their talents by the age of 19.

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