Numbers taking GCSE history on Free School Meals

One interesting statistic emerged from Monday’s parliamentary debate on the White paper: only 20 % of pupils on FSM study GCSE history. Only 15 % study geography. Gove’s plan with the new e-Bacc is that pupils from all backgrounds should have acces to academic subjects. It will be interesting to see how much change the already-installed e-Bacc system creates in the direction of social mobility. We know that Gove has no plans to include RE in the e-Bacc. This will be interesting for faith schools who are more likely to provide it as part of the Core.

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