MPs on the Education Committee have taken evidence on the English Baccalaureate on 22 March 2011.
In November 2010, Education Secretary Michael Gove announced reforms of secondary education in England, with the introduction of a so-called English baccalaureate.
Under the proposals, pupils would be encouraged to take GCSEs in English, maths, a science, a modern language and a humanities subject.
They have been used in the latest league tables, as Mr Gove says this will show which schools give pupils a core academic knowledge.
However Labour warned that he risked creating a "two-tier education system" where the requirements of academic pupils are put ahead of those wanting to pursue more vocational courses.