Only days left to respond to EBacc consultation

There is just over a week left to respond to the Government’s consultation[1] to implement the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) in secondary schools.

The Department for Education’s EBacc proposal detail plans to make the EBacc a headline measure for schools, and for the EBacc to be given a more ‘prominent role’ within the Ofsted framework.

This would make the EBacc all but compulsory for many secondary school pupils[2], and with a minimum of seven GCSEs required to count towards the EBacc measure, and the average number of GCSEs taken by pupils being eight, there would be little or no room left for arts subjects.

The deadline to respond to the consultation is Friday 29 January 2016.

The Bacc for the Future campaign, comprising representatives of the creative industries, business, universities and education sector have united to express their concern at these proposals.[3]

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, said:

‘George Osborne is absolutely right to say that “Britain’s not just brilliant at science. It’s brilliant at culture too” but we need to see this welcome commitment to its conclusion.
‘The Department for Education is wrong to say that the EBacc has not already had a detrimental impact on the arts, and this new proposal is even more pernicious, making the EBacc all but compulsory for secondary school pupils and leaving little if any room left for the art, design, music and a host of creative industry relevant qualifications.
‘We urge the Department – which has otherwise shown a strong commitment to the arts in education – to rethink this proposal.’

[1] The consultation was launched in a speech to Policy Exchange by the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

[2] The only exceptions proposed in the consultation are University Technical Colleges (UTCs), studio schools, further education colleges, special schools and alternative provision.

[3] The Bacc for the Future campaign