Why the DfE’s recent announcement is not worth celebrating

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

Last week, the Department for Education (DfE) announced that they will be investing £96 million into arts education. This funding is set to last until 2020 and will be a continuation of funding schemes such as the Music and Dance Scheme, In Harmony and the Dance and Drama Awards which provide talented young creatives specialist training.

Although extra investment in the arts is welcome, this scheme is being undermined by the EBacc. With a year on year decline in students taking up creative subjects at KS4, combined with cuts in funding, many pupils will be unable to benefit from these new opportunities provided by the DfE’s £96m investment…

In response to this announcement, the Bacc for the Future team wrote a great piece for the Telegraph which you can read here – have a read; we couldn’t agree with it more!