Students in England unmotivated by EBacc subjects – survey

female students in classStudents’ motivation is being adversely affected by the narrow remit of the English Baccalaureate, as they are obliged to study subjects that they do not enjoy, reveals a new survey.

The poll, undertaken by the National Union of Teachers (NUT), took in 1,800 responses from its members. Approximately 84 per cent said that the number of vocational subjects being offered in schools had decreased since the EBacc’s introduction – with a corresponding decrease in exam entries, reports The Guardian.

The general secretary of the NUT, Kevin Courtney, said: “The demands of Ebacc are driving creative and vocational subjects out of the curriculum and are harming students’ motivation, engagement and appetite for learning.”

Responding to the outcome of the survey, the Department for Education insisted that there was space in the curriculum for students to study creative, vocational and technical subjects in addition to the required EBacc subjects.

Read more here from The Guardian

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