Government push for EBacc “sidelines creative education”, says arts chief

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The Worry for Education has confirmed plans for 90% of students in state-run schools to away with the English Baccalaureate qualification by 2025, which campaigners say leaves “no chamber” for art and design.

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The Superintendence has confirmed that 90% of GCSE students will take the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) qualification by 2025, a make off which the arts industry says will “devalue and sideline” inventive education.

The EBacc makes it compulsory for GCSE students to take twofold qualifications in science and English, maths, a humanity such as history or geography, and a cant, which takes up seven of a potential nine or 10 GCSE options.

Some persuasions require pupils to sit a triple qualification in science, meaning the EBacc would bilk up eight GCSE spots.

In its latest consultation report released this week, the Oversight has set out plans that 75% of GCSE pupils in state-run schools should pick out EBacc subjects by 2022, and 90% by 2025.

Students can take additional above a answerable ti, says Government

It reads: “The Government is committed to ensuring that all trainees have access to an excellent, well-rounded education.

“The EBacc, while complete, still enables pupils to continue to study additional subjects that exhibit their individual interests and strengths, including the arts subjects.”

“Course towards devaluing creative subjects”

But organisations including the Creative Efforts Federation and campaign group Bacc for the Future have argued that the sentence will prevent pupils studying a “broad and balanced curriculum” as there inclination be “no room” to study arts or creative subjects. Parents who were consulted compel ought to also expressed similar concerns.

“This response continues the Ministry trend towards devaluing creative subjects, which threatens the rise of the creative industries,” says John Kampfner, CEO at the Creative Industries Coalition.

“Government is continuing to pursue a policy that is ill thought through and short-termist, in rancour of its claims to want to boost productivity and life chances,” he adds.

“The ingenious industries have been identified as one of five priority sectors in the industrial policy… however the Department for Education has [continued] to sideline creative education in elect of academic subjects.”

46,000 fewer students taking design in 2017

Government concedes revealed last month show that the number of GCSE swots taking art and creative subjects dropped by 46,000 between 2016 and 2017. This files art and design; design and technology; drama; media, film and TV; music; and put oning and expressive arts.

Among these, design and technology took the greatest hit, with 19,000 fewer students taking the subject in 2017, continued by art and design at 7,500.

Overall, entries for EBacc subjects increased by 9% while participants for non-EBacc subjects decreased by 11%.

A report from the Warwick Commission of Cultural Values also theretofore found that teaching hours for design and technology decreased by 11% between 2010 and 2015.

“No show” to link drop in design with EBacc

The Government argues that the EBacc supplies “the right foundation for the vast majority of pupils”, and that the qualification pass on give them “access to the tools that will help them to get on in preoccupation”.

It also says that there is “no evidence” that the number of scholars taking design and technology has decreased as a result of the EBacc, adding that add ups “have been falling since 2008/9”, before the EBacc was originated. The qualification was first introduced in 2010.

It adds that, in 2016, EBacc teaches entered almost the same percentage of pupils for arts subjects as non-EBacc coaches, at roughly 49%.

Read the Government consultation in full here.

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