Here is an important update from the campaign fighting the English Baccalaureate that the MIA continues to support.
The case against the EBacc has never been stronger. There is now compelling evidence from the University of Sussex, the BBC, the Independent Education Policy Institute, and others, that the EBacc is one of the principal causes of the decline in creative subjects in schools.
In its report published on Tuesday 19 March, the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee identified the exclusion of arts subjects from the EBacc as a key concern, recommending that arts subjects be added to the EBacc.
Teachers are also concerned: in a recent letter to parents, more than 7,000 members of the headteachers’ campaign group Worth Less? referred to a more restricted curricular offer as one of their main concerns around Government education policy.
At the same time, we know the EBacc is failing on its own terms: it is entered by just 38% of students in state-funded schools, against the Government’s target figure of 75% by 2022 and 90% by 2025.
The Department for Education’s position is that there is no decline, and that the take-up of creative subjects in our schools is “broadly stable”. But according to their own figures, the uptake of creative subjects at GCSE has fallen nearly 20% since 2014/15 when adjusted for the declining overall number of GCSE pupils.
This is not “broadly stable”. In fact, this is a crisis.
Pressure from campaigners like you means politicians are much more likely to act. We are therefore writing to you to ask you to write to your MP using our template letter.