Conservative MP Neil Carmichael voices support for proposals to expand the EBacc to include skills such as engineering

There is a case for including skills such as engineering in the English Baccalaureate, the chair of the Education Select Committee has said.

Neil Carmichael, chair of the Commons committee, has come out in support of proposals for expanding the EBacc to include more skills. The proposals were put forward by the Edge Foundation, a charity promoting technical and professional education.

In September last year, former Conservative education secretary Lord Baker, chair of the Edge Foundation, launched a report calling for the government's performance measure to include a design and technology GCSE, or an approved technical award, and a creative GCSE.

Currently, the EBacc only includes English, mathematics, history or geography, the sciences and a language – and it has come under criticism for pushing out technical and creative subjects.