Schools get five extra years to hit EBacc target under Tory plans

The Conservative Party manifesto sets out plans to require schools to enter at least 90 per cent of pupils for the five EBacc subjects by 2025, instead of 2020.


The target for schools to enter 90 per cent of pupils for the English Baccalaureate GCSE subjects would not have to be hit until 2025, under a Conservative Party manifesto plan published today.


The previous deadline for 90 per cent of pupils to sit GCSEs in English, mathematics, history or geography, the sciences and a language was 2020.


The manifesto states: "We will expect 75 per cent of pupils to have been entered for the EBacc combination of GCSEs by the end of the next parliament, with 90 per cent of pupils studying this combination of academic GCSEs by 2025."


The move follows concerns from headteachers about the target, partly due to a shortage of language teachers.


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