By Gove! Michael Rosen’s open letter to the Education Secretary

Novelist and poet Michael Rosen has written to Michael Gove in yesterday’s Guardian, asking for some explanations about the curriculum, and the concept of making schools into academies – especially when they don’t want it to happen…

Credit: author's website

Read it here.

New certificate aims at rewarding pupils taking more academic GCSEs

Earlier this month, the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, announced the creation of a new qualification, which will be awarded to pupils who take more traditionally academic GCSEs.

The English Baccalaureate will be awarded to those achieving a grade C or better in five subjects: English, Maths, a science, a modern or ancient foreign language, and a humanities subject.

The move is, in part, attempting to redress the reported rise in the number of pupils taking vocational qualifications. The number taking sciences in particular has also declined.

The results of children achieveing the new qualification would also feed into schools’ league table results.

Read more in the Telegraph article here.

The English Baccalaureate: coming to a school near you.