The EBacc is not a qualification in itself. It is a measure which recognises students’ achievements across a core of selected academic subjects - English, maths, a humanity, the sciences and a language.

The level of achievement expected in these subjects and qualifications is an A*-C grade in GCSEs or accredited versions of established Level 1, Level 2 certificates or their predecessor iGCSEs. Where a pupil does not have a GCSE in one of these subjects, but has achieved an AS level in it, that is also recognised. A full list of the individual qualifications which count towards the EBacc can be found in the Technical Guides and Documents section.

The English Baccalaureate indicators give information on number and proportion of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 entered for and achieving GCSEs/Level 1, Level 2 certificates or their predecessor iGCSEs at grades A*-C in English, mathematics, two sciences, a language and a humanities subject (i.e. history or geography).  They also show achievements of particular groups i.e. low/middle/high prior attainers; and Disadvantaged Pupils.

Value Added measures are also published for each EBacc subject area. These show the progress that the school has helped its pupils make in each subject area between the KS2 – KS4. In considering these indicators, please bear in mind that these measures relate only to achievement of subjects and qualifications that count towards the EBacc e.g. pupils in a small number of schools have studied pilot English Studies GCSE which do not count towards the EBacc as other English GCSEs do.