English Baccalaureate

Department for Education written question – answered on 6th November 2018.

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Photo of Lucy Powell Lucy Powell Labour/Co-operative, Manchester Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of the full combination of EBACC entries in (a) independent and (b) state-funded schools were wholly (i) IGCSEs and (ii) GCSEs entries.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Since the introduction of reformed GCSEs there are now very few international GCSEs which count in performance tables and the EBacc measures;[1] the only eligible English, maths, science and humanities qualifications eligible for inclusion in the EBacc are reformed GCSEs. There will be no pupils in an independent or a state-funded school with a full EBacc entry consisting wholly of international GCSE entries. A pupil could be completing international GCSEs in a range of EBacc subjects, but these would not all count in performance tables; meaning the pupil would not be included in the EBacc entry measure if they sat wholly international GCSEs.

The low number of international GCSEs that count in the EBacc entry measure means the majority of pupils with a full EBacc entry in both school types will have an EBacc entry wholly of GCSEs, but a small number will consist of a mix of GCSE and international GCSE entries. This number is not held separately and can only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

[1] Cambridge International Level 1/Level 2 Certificate in Greek and Cambridge International Level 1/Level 2 Certificate in Mandarin Chinese.

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