Over the past two days, leaders from a range of educational organisations across the UK have been working with us to finalise plans for the launch of our co-ordinated movement to "build a better bacc"
ABBA or BBC?
Reflecting on what we should call ourselves, two names come to mind - "Alliance to Build a Better Bacc"and "Better Bacc Coalition". Our web-site, "Better Bacc", probably directs us towards the latter, but if this lands us in hot water, then we can always fall back on the vaguely Australian-sounding "COBBA" - Coalition to Build a Better Bacc. Either way, the launch of our web-site is an important step in the process to provide our students with a truly world-class baccalaureate.
Log on, tune in, use clout
Logging on to www.buildabetterbacc.com will give you the opportunity to read the set of principles that we believe should underpin a broad baccalaureate. It will also give you the opportunity to comment on those principles and to suggest others. Over the coming days and weeks, we would like to hear from as many interested parties as possible; please leave a comment and a way for us to contact you, so that we can build a baccalaureate that has national support. As soon as we are confident that we have broad agreement on the principles, we will then move quickly to propose a model based on them; from that, we will work with partners in our coalition to construct a more detailed model.
I would like to give particular thanks to colleagues from the Curriculum Foundation, Whole Education, ASCL, the Independent Academies Association, the National Governors' Association and Learning Futures who have all given generously of their time to get us to this point. I should also mention Archbishop Sentamu Academy's new Vice Principal, Anthony Bennett, and James Aldous working for Whole Education, who have worked very hard over the past 48 hours to establish the web-site in time for today.