D&T: 87 MPs Demand Inclusion Of Subject In EBacc
MP Michelle Donelan has secured the support of almost 90 MP's for a proposed change to EBacc that would allow schools to class design and technology as a science and offer it as a choice to students.

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The letter and the list of signatories have been sent to the prime minister Theresa May and the education secretary Justine Greening. Due to its importance in today's world, computer science, formally ICT, has now been added to the list of science options within the EBaac and the letter makes the case that the same should apply for design and technology.

What Is EBaac?

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is a school performance measure. It allows people to see how many pupils get a grade C or above in the core academic subjects at key stage 4 in any government-funded school.

EBacc subjects:

  • English.
  • Mathematics.
  • History or Geography.
  • The Sciences.
  • A Language.
More information on how Ebacc works can be found on the gov.uk website.

Why Is This Letter Big News?

If the proposals outlined in the letter are implemented the status of design and technology within the education system will rise significantly. This could lead to more funding, a more focused curriculum and more up to date facilities that will all combine to help the education system produce more engineers, coders and designers and thus tackle the skills gap. For more detailed information, including a copy of the letter, visit the Schools Week website. If your local MP isn't listed amongst the 87 signatories, why not write them an email and urge them to add their support. You can search for your MP here.

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