New GCSE figures confirm a further drop in creative subjects


Here is an important update from the campaign fighting the English Baccalaureate that the MIA continues to support

Two years ago, the EBacc consultation closed. A year ago #BaccDown was trending on Twitter.

And today, the EBacc is still undermining creative subjects in secondary schools.

Figures release by the Department for Education have confirmed our fears that 2017 we saw another 8% drop in creative GCSEs. This is on top of an 8% drop in 2016.

Our concerns are now backed by compelling evidence from a new BBC survey, a report by the independent Education Policy Institute, research by the University of Sussex, and figures from the Cultural Learning Alliance.

We need your help to make a difference.

Write to the Prime Minister and your local MP today about why creative subjects matter in our schools.

(We’ve updated our template letter online, but it is always best to send a personal email or letter if you can.)

If you get a reply, send it to

The EBacc must be scrapped or reformed before any further damage is done.

Bacc for the Future is funded and coordinated by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM). If you would like to support the campaign with a donation to help us spread the word more effectively, you can now do so on the Bacc for the Future website using PayPal.