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New inquiry: The English Baccalaureate

9 February 2011

The Education Committee today announces a new inquiry and call for evidence into the English Baccalaureate

The Education Committee is announcing a short inquiry into the English Baccalaureate (E-Bac). Written submissions are invited, addressing the following points:

  • the purpose and benefits of the E-Bac and its value as a measure of pupil and school performance;
  • the choice of subjects included in the E-Bac;
  • the implications of the E-Bac for pupils, schools and employers;
  • international comparators for the E-Bac.

The Committee asks for written submissions in accordance with the guidelines below by noon on Tuesday 8 March 2011.

Further information:

A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to and marked “E-Bac inquiry”. The Committee’s strong preference is for submissions in electronic form, although hard copy originals will be accepted. Submissions should be sent to Kathryn Smith, Committee Assistant, at:

Education Select Committee
House of Commons
7 Millbank

Each submission should:

  • be no more than 3,000 words in length;
  • have numbered paragraphs; and
  • (if in electronic form) be in Word format or a rich text format with as little use of colour or logos as possible.

For Data Protection purposes, it would be helpful if individuals submitting written evidence send their contact details separately in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please supply a postal address so that a copy of the Committee’s report can be sent to you upon publication.

A guide for written submissions to Select Committees may be found on the parliamentary website at: 

Please also note that:

  • Memoranda submitted must be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless publication by the person or organisation submitting it is specifically authorised.
  • Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, although not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.
  • The Committee does not normally investigate individual cases.