In new research, teachers have revealed how pupils are being forced away from creative disciplines and made to take the EBacc subjects that they ‘dislike the least’. Pete Henshaw reports

“Students are pressured into the EBacc with the result that they are now taking subjects that they ‘dislike least’. This has led to demotivated pupils and more behavioural issues.”

This comment from a head of department and history teacher in an Ofsted-outstanding academy is indicative of those found in a damning report into the impact that the government’s curriculum reforms – particularly the EBacc – are having in schools.

The King’s College London report – A Curriculum For All? – focuses on research involving 1,800 teachers and in-depth school case studies looking at the effects of key stage 4 curriculum, assessment and accountability reforms, including the introduction and prioritisation of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) measure.

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