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ISM and Creative Industry Unite In Attempt to Abolish EBacc

Arlene Phillips delivering the letter to 10 Downing Stree
Arlene Phillips delivering the letter to 10 Downing Street
Over 100 creative industry figures have recently banded together to advocate the withdrawal of the English Baccalaureate, a "harmful" measure that indicates the performances of particular schools in relation to their GCSE results.

The campaign, labeled 'Bacc for the Future' is headed by ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians) and has drawn the support of many influential figures from the across the country including Tony Robinson and Arlene Phillips. The letter itself urges Theresa May to revoke the policy as secondary students get ready to make their GCSE subject options.

"The Department for Educations 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."

" 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 DT); the largest year on year decline in a decade. Teacher numbers and teaching hours are declining almost twice as fast in creative subjects (whether including D&t or not) as they are overall."

Outlining the devastating effect that the Ebacc could have on the artists and innovators of tomorrow, ISM's damning statistics give a transparent insight into the current and potential future state of the UK's creative education system. The letter goes on to indicate the importance of the creative industry and how it contributes the UK's overall economy.

"According to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) the creative industries are the fastest-growing part of the UK economy, worth £87.4bn a year to the UK economy, and the creative economy as a whole accounts for one in 11 jobs. You recognise this in your commitment to setting an industrial strategy, outlined on Monday 23 January 2017, which puts the creative sector at its heart."

To read the letter for yourself, and to get more information on the campaign, please click here .

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By Josh Hummerston

Posted on 28 Mar 2017 12:28 to category : Music News

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