EBac defeatism ignores the success stories

24th June 2011 at 01:00

Graham Stuart is wrong to claim that the EBac will have a detrimental effect on "working-class kids" ("EBac will disadvantage 'working-class kids', argues top MP", 17 June). We are obsessed with creating alternative routes for those who "can't succeed" on a particular track. But some schools with disadvantaged intakes are showing that many more children can succeed on academic routes, which is clearly in their interest.

These schools may be the exception, but we should focus on why this is and what we can do to encourage the growth of this currently exceptional behaviour throughout the system. The quality of teaching, driven by the quality of leadership and management, is key to this.

It is easy to argue that many pupils don't get five A*-Cs and therefore most can't get the EBac. But most can get five A*-Cs - they just don't in our current system. It is this we need to address.

Dale Bassett, Research director, Reform, London.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today