Schools Minister Nick Gibb, accused of using stats ‘selectively’ in EBacc debate

A division between Schools Minister Nick Gibb and MPs arguing for the inclusion of arts subjects in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) emerged this week, with the Minister contending that there is “no evidence”the take up of arts GCSEs is declining and that there will be “no significant fall” once 90% of pupils take the EBacc.
This was despite Catherine McKinnell MP calling for Gibb to acknowledge “some disagreement about the statistics”, and analysis of official Ofqual figures by AP revealing a 46,000 fall in arts GCSE entries in England this year.

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