What organisations are saying

Christine Payne, General Secretary, Equity

‘As artists and as trade unionists it is our responsibility to safeguard the future of our industries, to inspire the next generation of performers and audiences and to defend the societal, economic and cultural value of our industries. All children and young people should have the opportunity to experience drama as a subject in its own right, taught by teachers trained in drama, and enhanced through cultural partnerships.’

John Mathers, Chief Executive, Design Council

‘Design education is absolutely fundamental to the future success of the UK. If it is going to continue to compete with the biggest economies worldwide, the UK must invest in the next generation of innovators who are going to drive long-term growth and prosperity: and that means design.Science and maths alone cannot provide the creative thinking and hands-on expertise that is essential to producing world-class designers and engineers. An understanding of design and technology ensures that students are equipped with the tools to thrive in an increasingly fast- paced, innovation-hungry marketplace.Big business today understands the importance of fusing technical skills with a creative, design-led approach. We need to maintain the quality of education so that they have the skills they need to grow, and so that the next generation can compete on that world stage.’

John Smith, former General Secretary, Musicians' Union

‘Young people who study creative subjects whilst at school are the performers and audience members of the future. The MU is extremely concerned that the Department for Education’s proposals, which would make the EBacc all but compulsory in schools, could make it almost impossible for children to continue to study subjects such as music or drama. In an ideal world, all young people would have the opportunity to learn to sing or play an instrument outside of school subjects, but unfortunately that is not an option for some children. It is therefore all the more important to ensure that young people who develop an interest in creative subjects are able to pursue them throughout their school career without falling foul of the restrictive subject choices in the EBacc.’