'Compulsory EBacc or more grammar schools: the government can’t have it both ways'

Conservative ministers can't have it both ways when it comes to the Ebacc and their plans for new grammar schools, argues one educationalist.


It should be no surprise that the Association for School and College Leaders' manifesto is calling for all political parties to commit to developing a long-term, shared vision for education.


Education policy in the recent past has felt piecemeal. It has lacked coherence or any sense of an underpinning education philosophy. EBacc and increasing selection are a case in point.  They are mutually contradictory.


The case for the English Baccalaureate


We have long awaited the government’s response to the EBacc consultation. In fact, the EBacc consultation closed at the end of January 2016. Unusually, the government has taken over a year to respond.


I accept that we had a change of administration midway through this period after Brexit, when Theresa May became the prime minister and Justine Greening replaced Nicky Morgan as education secretary. But this lengthy delay is, frankly, not acceptable.


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