Towards a National Baccalaureate for England: a Consultation

We are delighted to be launching our consultation on a National Baccalaureate for England. We believe that this process can make a significant contribution to improving assessment in our schools and colleges and hope that you will be able to play an active role in shaping our recommendations. 

In November 2020 the National Baccalaureate Trust hosted a webinar to gather ideas and comments from a range of organisations and individuals about our draft consultation document. At that stage we were planning to launch the consultation in early 2021. Due to the closure of schools in January we decided to postpone the launch until May. The revised timeline is as follows. 

The Consultation Process and Timeline:  

Date Process/Event 
May 2021 Consultation Launch  A questionnaire to gather ideas, policy recommendations and responses from stakeholder organisations and interested individuals. Link to Consultation document 
May 12th    Consultation Forum  This will be an opportunity to discuss ideas and challenges emerging in response to the survey and the Consultation document.    May 12, 2021 2:00 PM London   Register in advance for this meeting:   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 
October 15th Consultation response deadline.  
Autumn 2022 Report Writing.  Members of the NBT team will consider the range of responses to the consultation leading to a report that includes an evaluation of various contender models for a National Baccalaureate for England alongside some policy recommendations.   
November Consultation Forum 2 An opportunity for participants to offer comments on the emerging draft report.  
January 2022 Report Published.  NBT will hold a launch event to promote the report’s publication and will set out a process for further engagement into 2022. 

Having listened carefully to the suggestions made at the webinar in November and amended the document accordingly, we are now ready to launch the Consultation. We would like to invite you to take part in two Consultation Forums to help shape this process. A link to the first of these at 2.00 pm on 12 May is above – we would very much welcome your input. There is a link to the Consultation Questionnaire (see link above) on page two of Consultation document. 

We would like this process to be informed by your experience and hope you will be able to join us at the Forum. 

Yours sincerely, 

David Turrell and Steve Willshaw
Co-chairs, National Baccalaureate Trust 

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