What is the English Baccalaureate?
The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is a school performance measure. Students are awarded the EBacc if they study English, Maths, Science, History or Geography and a language.
This pathway is highly recommended as it provides a broad range of skills and knowledge, is recognised across the country as well as nationally. It also prepares you well for A level and for University. This is NOT a separate qualification in it’s own right, but is becoming more recognised, in the competitive world of work and in Further Education and can provide a distinct advantage for students in their future beyond Ellesmere.
Why are all students required to study an English Baccalaureate subject even if they don’t study the full suite?
From 2016, student performance in schools is measured by ‘progress 8’ and ‘attainment 8’. In order to be eligible for these measures, a child needs to study an EBacc option. The benefit of this for the child is allowing them to gain the highest possible ‘progress score’ which can put them in a strong position against competitors for jobs and further education.
What should I do?- What is right for me?
Every student should have the opportunity to take the full suite of EBacc subjects and will receive full guidance, especially if they want as a gateway to prestigious Universities such as the Russell Group. We also want to offer the right curriculum for every child. This means that you will be guided on to the most suitable pathway for you and your future aspirations. A student will be awarded the English Baccalaureate if they achieve a 5 (or more) in the following subjects
History or Geography
A modern foreign language
Science-this can be either Combined Science (2xGCSEs that cover the 3 main sciences, biology, chemistry and physics) or Separate Science (3xGCSE’s in biology, physics, chemistry)
This pathway is recommended as it provides a broad range of skills and knowledge, is recognised across the country. It also prepares you well for A level and for University. This is NOT a separate qualification in its own right, but is becoming more recognised, in the competitive world of work and in Further Education.