Bacc for the Future statement on Culture Secretary's The Youth Performance Partnerships announcement

A £5 million scheme aimed at giving young people greater access to performing arts has been unveiled by culture secretary Jeremy Wright and will see students taught both on- and off-stage skills, in areas such as creative writing, lighting, sound and set design. Run by Arts Council England, arts organisations are to be linked with schools around the UK under the Youth Performance Partnerships.

In total five partnerships will be created, in the north, Midlands, South West, South East and London.

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

‘The Youth Performance Partnerships, unveiled by the Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright, is good news. However small additional funds such as this do not mitigate the damage of the Government’s continued support for the English Baccalaurate (EBacc). The EBacc is narrowing access to the performing arts subjects, such as drama, dance and music, in schools. Although an extra £5m for creativity is always welcomed, a cost-free solution would be to drop the EBacc as a headline accountability measure for secondary schools.’