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English Baccalaureate (EBacc)

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The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is a new performance measure for any student who secures good GCSE or accredited Certificate passes in English, mathematics, history or geography, two sciences and an ancient or modern foreign language. 

The Government intends the EBacc to become one of the main measures of achievement for schools in the future.

The importance of a balanced curriculum

We know that you are considering carefully your response to the changing curriculum landscape, including the introduction of the English Baccalaureate and the Wolf Review into the future of vocational education. We recognise the importance of a balanced curriculum to help all students fulfil their potential, whatever their educational needs and learning goals.

“The English Baccalaureate will be only one measure of performance, and should not be the limit of schools’ ambitions for their pupils. Schools will retain the freedom to innovate and offer the GCSEs, IGCSEs and other qualifications which best meet the needs of their pupils. Pupils will, of course, be able to achieve vocational qualifications alongside the English Baccalaureate.”
The DfE White Paper, 'The Importance of Teaching'

Supporting your curriculum development in a changing landscape

Breadth of qualifications
Edexcel is the UK’s largest awarding body offering academic and vocational qualifications. Our broad curriculum offer includes GCSE, International GCSE, The Edexcel Certificate and BTEC qualifications to help you to deliver your balanced curriculum.
  Your guide to developing a balanced English Baccalaureate and BTEC curriculum

All our qualifications are supported by:

  • Our own teaching and learning resources – from textbooks to interactive whole class teaching materials
  • Training from Edexcel - face-to-face, online or customised training so you can choose where, when and how you want to be trained
  • Subject Advisors - who provide subject-specific advice and guidance.

Find out more about our EBacc GCSE subjects and the support available:

  • English: more ways to engage students
  • Mathematics: engaging specifications, clear exam papers and exceptional support
  • Sciences: all our GCSE Science 2011 specifications are now accredited
  • Languages: more choice and control over what you teach
  • Geography: with added flexibility to design a course to meet students’ needs
  • History: more choice to teach the topics you want.

Keep up to date with the latest policy
Edexcel has been engaging with the government on implementing curriculum change. Read the latest Edexcel Policy Watch on the EBacc. To stay up to date with the latest government policy, sign up for our free online Policy Watch service.

Senior Leadership Team

Our Curriculum Development Managers work with school leadership teams to provide free help and advice to support whole school curriculum development. Find out more about the latest policy, ideas for new curriculum models, Edexcel’s own qualifications and training, our resources offer or our ResultsPlus service.

Call 0800 389 0783 to talk to the Curriculum Development Management team.


Subject Heads of Department

Our Curriculum Support Consultants work with heads of department to provide information, help and practical support about our qualifications, resources and training.

Call 0800 083 5011 to talk to the Curriculum Consultancy team.



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