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The effects of the English Baccalaureate

This research comprised a quantitative survey of teachers and qualitative research with schools, pupils and parents/carers.

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The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is not a qualification in itself, but it is the term applied to the achievement of GCSEs at grades A* to C across a core of academic subjects; English, maths, history or geography, the sciences and a language.

Ipsos MORI was commissioned by the DfE to carry out research on the effects of the EBacc, which was introduced as a measure in the 2010 school performance tables.

The quantitative survey of teachers largely repeated a survey of teachers conducted in 2011 and, where possible, comparisons are made across the two survey years.

The current research included a quantitative mixed mode (telephone and online) survey of teachers with some involvement in year 9 GCSE choices, qualitative case study work with teachers and Year 9 pupils, and qualitative telephone interviews with parents/carers.

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