New report provides further evidence that the EBacc is not working

Today, (Friday 12 July) the education thinktank, EDSK has published a new report titled 'A Step Baccwards' which investigates the changes to GCSE entries and outcomes for secondary schools since the ‘English Baccalaureate’ (EBacc) measure was introduced in 2010. The report reveals that since the introduction of the EBacc in 2010, GCSE music entries have fallen by 24 %, design and technology entries have dropped by 65 %, dance 46 %, media studies 35 % and art and design by 6 %.

The report said it was “time for a new approach to school performance measures that goes beyond fighting the battles of 2010 and instead focuses on what needs to happen in 2019 and beyond.”

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

'The EDSK’s report adds to the compelling body of evidence demonstrating the impact of the EBacc in our schools, which we know first-hand from music departments has had a devastating effect on the uptake of music and other creative subjects in schools.

As it stands, the EBacc policy is failing on its own terms – despite the Government’s EBacc uptake target of 75% (rising to 90% by 2025), the rate of take up has plateaued at 38% since 2014. The Russell Group’s decision to scrap the list of Facilitating Subjects, on which the EBacc was based, also further calls the policy into question. We urge the Government to look again at the EBacc, which is already failing on its own terms and has no place in a 21st-century education.'