A good education can be the single greatest transformer of lives, and every school child should have access to the best opportunities in Britain. This means young people should be able to study key subjects which provide them with the knowledge and skills    to either progress into further and higher education, or leave school ready to start a successful career.
The EBacc helps to open doors for pupils by focussing on the individual subjects and skills that employers and higher education institutions value, while also offering a broad curriculum for pupils to study. Pupils will study English, maths, the sciences, a language and either geography or history, but as the EBacc covers up to eight GCSEs, it also offers pupils the opportunity to take creative and artistic subjects.
I am very pleased that Ministers want to see 75 per cent of year 10 pupils in state-funded mainstream schools studying GCSEs in the EBacc combination of subjects by September 2022. This is an important stepping stone to reaching the ambition of 90 per cent by 2025. I am encouraged that in 2017/18, 38 per cent of pupils in state funded schools were entered into EBacc subjects, compared to nearly 22 per cent in 2010. 
I can assure you that Ministers are well aware that the EBacc will not be appropriate for some pupils. However, no single factor should automatically exclude a pupil from entering the EBacc.