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Over 100 creative industry figures urge Prime Minister to drop 'deeply damaging' EBacc

Laura  Barnes
Over 100 creative industry figures urge Prime Minister to drop 'deeply damaging' EBacc

ISM's Bacc for the Future campaign has handed in a letter to Number 10 Downing Street, warning of the effects of the “un-evidenced” and “deeply damaging” English Baccalaureate.

The letter calls on Theresa May to reverse the policy and withdraw the EBacc as pupils in secondary schools gear up to choosing their GCSE subject options.

“The Department for Education’s proposed new English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is damaging the quality of the education offered to pupils in England. It is harming the uptake of non-EBacc subjects, most notably creative, artistic and technical subjects,” reads the letter, which has been signed by over 100 creative industry figures, including well-known faces such as actors Robert Lindsay and Tony Robinson, and classical musician Alison Balsom.

Other signatures come from organisations and associations within music and the arts, as well as authors, community theatres and those working within education.
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“In 2016, for the first time since 2012, the percentage of pupils taking at least one arts subject declined and from 2015-2016 there was an 8% decline in uptake of creative subjects (arts + D&T); the largest year on year decline in a decade,” continued the letter, which was delivered to Number 10 by choreographer and theatre director Arlene Phillips.

“Teacher numbers and teaching hours are declining almost twice as fast in creative subjects (whether including D&T or not) as they are overall.”

The letter urges the Prime Minister to reverse this damaging policy, respond to the consultation and withdraw the EBacc.

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