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.

Fear for arts education as EBacc set to become compulsory

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06 Nov 2015

A consultation is inviting views on the roll-out of the English Baccalaureate as the default for all GCSE pupils.

Nicky Morgan defends her attitude to arts education

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17 Jul 2015

Despite upholding the Government’s decision to exclude the arts from the compulsory EBacc, the Education Secretary has said the curriculum “cannot be complete” without the arts.

Heading towards the EBacc

Teacher Student Table
02 Jul 2015

Arts professionals may be unanimous about the value of the arts in the curriculum, but what do schools think? Christy Romer spoke to four headteachers who gave a range of verdicts on controversial proposals to introduce a compulsory suite of qualifications for GCSE students that excludes arts subjects.

Guilty secrets

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15 Jun 2015

As the Government prepares to make the English Baccalaureate compulsory in the GCSE curriculum – with arts subjects victims of the “trade-off” – Liz Hill comes clean about her own inadequate education.

Schools Minister makes “no apology” for sidelining the arts

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12 Jun 2015

Nick Gibb has confirmed that the English Baccalaureate’s core subjects will be compulsory at GCSE, but arts subjects, Esperanto and den building will be excluded.

Seeing sense

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25 Nov 2013

Henry Vann looks back over a busy year since the Government announced its plan to create English Baccalaureate Certificates.

Lords leap into action on arts in the EBacc

Houses of Parliament
30 Nov 2012

Government shows no signs of changing its view of the arts as an add-on to Secondary education.

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