Here are two important updates from the campaign fighting the English Baccalaureate that the MIA continues to support…
The esteemed young cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has called for the EBacc to be urgently reversed or reformed to save creative education in schools.
Sheku, the former BBC Young Musician of the Year (2016) who performed at the recent Royal Wedding added his voice to the 100,000+ individuals that support the Bacc for the Future campaign, saying:
“Without the amazing opportunities I had in my secondary school I would not be where I am today. I am supporting the ISM’s Bacc for the Future campaign and joining the thousands of voices calling for the EBacc policy to be urgently reversed or reformed to save creative education in schools.”
Sheku is right: without creative opportunities in schools, thousands of children will miss out on the opportunity to realise their own musical talents.
There is no doubt that the EBacc is having a profoundly harmful impact on creative subjects in schools, and closing down opportunities for all but the most privileged.
However, there has now been an exciting development…
Last week, Bacc for the Future managed to get into Parliament to give evidence to group of influential politicians.
Deborah Annetts, founder of the Bacc for the Future campaign and Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), was giving evidence alongside representatives of the Wellcome Trust and Royal Holloway at the House of Lords Communications Committee.
Deborah warned the committee that ‘We are seeing the broad and balanced curriculum we all want being narrowed by the EBacc,’ emphasising the power of creativity to children and young people as well as the strength of the UK’s thriving creative industries.
We are now hoping that this influential committee can help us make the case for the EBacc to be scrapped or reviewed urgently.