Portsmouth headteacher warns on exams climbdown

Adam Dare, headteacher at King Richard School in Paulsgrove.''''Picture: Sarah Standing (102969-741)
Adam Dare, headteacher at King Richard School in Paulsgrove.''''Picture: Sarah Standing (102969-741)
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THE headteacher of a Portsmouth school fears controversial plans for a English Baccalaureate could still be revived despite a dramatic u-turn by the Government.

It comes as plans to scrap GCSEs in key subjects in replacement for the English Baccalaureate Certificate are set to be abandoned by the government.

Education secretary Michael Gove, who has faced a lot of criticism about the changes, is expected to make an announcement in the House of Commons later today.

But Adam Dare, headteacher of King Richard School in Paulsgrove, said: ‘I think we need to look very hard at the detail because I suspect that what the government will try and do is to introduce the same type of thing but under another name.

‘They have been very broadly burnt with the EBacc which wasn’t really properly considered but none the less, Michael Gove has got very firm views on what he wants.

‘I thought it was a backward looking step. I think that what we need is a curriculum that is broader and encompasses a range of skills for a range of different young people.

‘Not everybody can and should go to university. Academic subjects are important but they are not everything.’