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ISM: 'Education Secretary has betrayed the future of our children, as well as our thriving creative industries'

Laura  Barnes
ISM: 'Education Secretary has betrayed the future of our children, as well as our thriving creative industries'

The Government has revealed its plans for the EBacc eighteen months after the consultation closed, and the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has not held back with its response to the news.

The Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, announced that the Government would only expect 75% of students to be studying EBacc subjects – English, mathematics, history or geography, the sciences and a language – by 2022.

The new plan means that the original 90% goal, set out in the EBacc consultation, has been pushed back to 2025.

“For a Government that claims to care about economic growth, social mobility, diversity and the creative industries, this decision is short-sighted and misconceived,” warned ISM’s chief executive Deborah Annetts.
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“A matter of weeks after Ofqual confirmed the negative impact the EBacc is having on creative subjects in our schools the Secretary of State has betrayed the future of our children and their opportunities for work as well as our thriving creative industries.”

Annetts continued: “We have no choice but to step up the Bacc for the Future campaign and urge the Department for Education to think again. We would ask Justine Greening to meet with Bacc for the Future representatives as soon as possible so she can understand first-hand the damage this misguided policy is having.

“As the Chief Inspector of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman said last week: “All children should study a broad and rich curriculum.” We need to create an education that is fit for the 21st Century and fit for our country post-Brexit. This is not the way to do it.”

ISM’s Bacc for the Future campaign has been shedding light on the effects EBacc has on music education and the uptake of creative subjects.

In June, a new report revealed that the number of pupils taking music at GCSE level saw a drop, from 41,850 to 38,750 between 2016 and 2017.

ISM has argued that the absence of creative subjects within the EBacc measure will have a long-term, negative impact on the creative industries within the UK.

Also in June this year, we reported on one school that had decided to cut music lessons out of its curriculum due to budget cuts.

“The cuts to school budgets have thrown the harmful impact of the EBacc into sharp focus,” cautioned ISM.

Tags: education , education secretary , ism , bacc for the future , EBacc , Justine Greening

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