Non-EBacc subjects at greater risk due to funding pressures

Teaching posts in subjects not included in the EBacc league table is at the most risk of being cut due to funding pressures in secondary schools, research from the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and National Union of Teachers (NUT) has suggested.

Deborah Annetts, Founder of the Bacc for the Future campaign and Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians said:

‘We welcome this important research from the ATL and NUT. The news that the EBacc is putting access to creative, technical and artistic subjects at risk is deeply concerning.

There has been an 8% drop in uptake of creative GCSEs in 2016 – the largest year on year decline in a decade and the percentage of pupils taking at least one arts subject has dropped for the first time since 2012. The creative industries feature prominently in the Government’s industrial strategy and are continuing to grow, contributing £87 billion a year to the UK economy.

We urge the Secretary of State to drop the EBacc in its current form either by reforming it or scrapping it altogether before any more damage is done.’

As reported by the BBC, the two unions questioned teachers, support staff and head teachers last month - just over half were from secondary schools. 1200 union members took part in the survey altogether.

Almost three quarters (71%) of the secondary staff said there had been cuts to teaching posts in their schools in the past year, compared with 31% of the primary staff.

At secondary level, the greatest impact was on non-EBacc academic subjects, with 61% of respondents reporting cuts compared with 38% reporting cuts in EBacc subjects.

For more information on the Bacc for the Future campaign, please contact francesca.treadaway@ism.org