Sheku Kanneh-Mason pledges support to Bacc for the Future

The esteemed young cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has called for the EBacc to be urgently reversed or reformed to save creative education in schools.

Sheku, the former BBC Young Musician of the Year (2016) who performed at the recent Royal Wedding added his voice to the 100,000+ individuals that support the Bacc for the Future campaign saying

‘Without the amazing opportunities I had in my secondary school I would not be where I am today. I am supporting the ISM's Bacc for the Future campaign and joining the thousands of voices calling for the EBacc policy to be urgently reversed or reformed to save creative education in schools.’

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

‘Sheku is a demonstration of what a creative education can offer in terms of opportunities and realising one’s musical gift.

Without creative opportunities in schools, thousands of children will miss out on the opportunity to realise their own musical talents. There is no doubt that the EBacc is having a profoundly harmful impact on creative subjects in schools, and closing down opportunities for all but the most privileged. We echo Sheku’s concerns and call for the Government to urgently reverse or reform the EBacc.’

Numerous articles and reports published recently show the EBacc continuing to have on children and young people’s education.

An article published in The Times has warned that ‘the new educational obsession with seeing the arts as inferior to science means that Britain won’t be fit for the future’ and a Guardian Editorial has warned that ‘the EBacc excludes every single arts subject and as a result the take-up of these subjects has been dropping by the year.’

An update from the Cultural Learning Alliance (CLA) has found that arts GCSE entries have fallen 28% since 2010; the number of hours arts subjects are taught in secondary schools has fallen by 17% since 2010 and the number of arts teachers is down by 16% since 2010.