EBacc is narrowing the curriculum, research finds

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13 Apr 2017

A survey of teachers has found that school funding cuts are having a disproportional impact on the arts and other subjects that fall outside of the English Baccalaureate. 

Culture Minister repeats misleading EBacc claims

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31 Mar 2017

Matt Hancock MP told a Lords inquiry that saying the arts are being sidelined risks encouraging schools to drop creative subjects.

Misleading analysis underpins report finding arts GCSEs unaffected by EBacc

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24 Mar 2017

During a period when the number of entries for arts GCSEs rose by 2%, entries for non-arts GCSEs rose by 15.7%.

Arts leaders urge Prime Minister to drop “damaging” EBacc

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15 Mar 2017

Simon Rattle and Maria Balshaw are among the signatories to a letter highlighting a continued drop in teacher numbers and hours dedicated to creative subjects.

Arts teachers confirm dire impact of EBacc in the classroom

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16 Nov 2016

New research paints a grim picture of growing job insecurity as schools prioritise the EBacc agenda over creative and vocational subjects, and steer students away from the arts. 

EBacc cracks are starting to show

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02 Nov 2016

New government figures reveal that lower attaining pupils are being increasingly disadvantaged by studying for the EBacc qualification.

Theatre to build secondary school that will reject EBacc

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12 Oct 2016

Royal & Derngate has put forward proposals for a new free school that will specialise in the cultural and creative industries – the first to be run by a theatre.

Education policy is “economic madness” says creative industries body

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10 Oct 2016

The Creative Industries Federation has laid into Government plans to make the EBacc compulsory, demanding an audit of education and training in the UK.

New arts baccalaureate proposed as challenge to controversial EBacc

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30 Sep 2016

The ‘radical’ proposals for reform also suggest combining GCSEs, A-levels and technical qualifications into an overarching award for 14-19 year olds.

GCSE results confirm drop in take-up of arts subjects

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26 Aug 2016

New figures should be “a wake-up call to Government”, the founder of the Bacc for the Future campaign has said.

Sustaining a democratic and caring society

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07 Jul 2016

The EBacc debate in Westminster prompts Patrycja Kaszynska to reflect on the role of the arts as a force for political and civic engagement.

Schools Minister accused of using stats ‘selectively’ in EBacc debate

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07 Jul 2016

A dispute over the number of pupils taking arts subjects at GCSE was at the heart of a House of Commons debate, with the Department for Education using figures which include students studying arts AS Levels in sixth forms.

Value of Design and Technology affirmed ahead of EBacc debate

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30 Jun 2016

New research findings have cemented the necessity of supporting design in schools, following a 19,000 drop in GCSE design and technology entries since 2015.

EXCLUSIVE: Arts in schools plummets, new figures show

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21 Jun 2016

The decline in the take-up of arts subjects at GCSE has increased five-fold over the past year, coinciding with a dramatic rise in young people studying EBacc subjects.

Protesters trigger EBacc debate in Parliament

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14 Apr 2016

Reaching the milestone of 100,000 signatures means a petition calling for arts subjects to be included in the EBacc will now be considered for a Commons debate.

EBacc protestors push for Parliamentary debate

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04 Mar 2016

If a petition to include the arts in the new English Baccalaureate can attract 100,000 signatures then the issue could be debated in the House of Commons.

Building the talent pipeline

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16 Feb 2016

Creative subjects are essential to relieving the skills shortage in the UK job market, but they are being sidelined. Louise Jury explains how the Creative Industries Federation is making the case for arts education. 

Art and design education “significantly eroded” in past five years

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09 Feb 2016

State school art teachers blame the EBacc as young people are steered away from their subject, according to a new survey.

Arts leaders call for EBacc to be scrapped

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08 Jan 2016

A letter published this week in The Times, signed by leading arts professionals, calls for the controversial English Baccalaureate to be dropped.

The right to a creative childhood

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12 Nov 2015

As creative subjects are squeezed out of the curriculum, what can arts organisations do to ensure all children benefit from culture? Maggie Atkinson has some suggestions.

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