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Include Religious Studies in the English Baccalaureate

Submitted on Thursday 4th August 2011

Rejected on Wednesday 21st June 2017

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: duplicate (see below for details)

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Include Religious Studies in the English Baccalaureate

Additional Information

The recently introduced English Baccalaureate provides an incentive for school pupils to ensure that they include in their studies GCSE subjects from a narrow range of options.

In particular, to obtain the English Baccalaureate, pupils must study either History or Geography. This requirement will encourage pupils not to take Religious Studies to ensure they can include one of those two options.

We believe the existence of the Baccalaureate provides perverse incentives for school pupils when choosing their GCSE subjects, to the detriment of Religious Studies in particular and also to others such as Music.

We call on the Government firstly to include Religious Studies as a humanity for the English Baccalaureate, and secondly to reconsider the benefits and disadvantages of having such a baccalaureate.

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