PISA test results 2019
Today (3 December 2019), the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results have been released. The results show that the UK has improved its global ranking, with England in particular rising up the ranks in English and maths.
Deborah Annetts, founder of the Bacc for the Future campaign said:
‘Whilst the news that the UK has improved its global ranking in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests, and England has modestly improved its standings in maths, is positive – we must not lose sight of the fact that creative subjects are vital for a well-rounded 21st century education.
As Andreas Schleicher, director for education and skills at the OECD, stated in his evidence to the Education Select Committee in February 2019, art may become ‘more important’ than maths in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He said, “We often talk about soft skills as being social and emotional skills, and hard skills as being science and maths, but it might be the opposite. The science and maths might become a lot softer in the future, where the relevance of knowledge evaporates very quickly, whereas the hard skills might be your curiosity, leadership, persistence and resilience.”
It was recently decided by the Department for Education that England would opt out of the optional creative thinking test PISA tests in 2021, which further indicates that the Government does not value creative education. However, to ensure the UK does not fall victim to the technological changes brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, creative subjects must be placed at the heart of a child’s education.’
About the Bacc for the Future campaign
Bacc for the Future is a campaign to save creative subjects in secondary schools across England. It is supported by more than 200 creative businesses, education bodies, and organisations as well as more than 100,000 individuals.Founded by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), the UK’s professional body for musicians, it successfully fought against the original arts-excluding EBacc in 2013. Since 2015, it has been fighting against the new EBacc with the aim of saving creative subjects in secondary schools across England.
For more information about Bacc for the Future, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.