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Lack of language teachers - will target be pushed back?

Lack of language teachers - will target be pushed back?

Lack of language teachers prompts department to consider pushing back target, with an easier interim goal for 2020

The Department for Education has been considering rowing back on plans to require nine in 10 students to sit GCSEs in the core academic subjects that make up the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), TES understands.

A consultation, which closed in January last year, set out a goal for 90 per cent of pupils to be studying EBacc subjects – English, mathematics, history or geography, the sciences and a language – by 2020. 

But TES understands that there have been moves within the DfE to change the original target, which has been opposed by many headteachers, partly because of a dearth of specialist subject teachers.

Sources say one option considered is to introducing an easier target for a lower percentage of pupils in 2020 and then shifting the 90 per cent goal to a much later date.

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