Write to your MP
How do I find my local MP?
- Find out who your local MP is by typing in your postcode in the box below.
- Write a personal letter about the important of creative subjects to your MP. If you don't have time to write a personal letter, we have provided you with an updated template letter below to use.
- Post or email the letter to your MP.
- Tell us if you receive a reply (email BaccfortheFuture@ism.org)
Example / template letter
If you don’t have time to write a personal letter then you can use this template to help you.
[[Your MP's name]]
House of Commons
Dear [[Your MP's name]]
As a constituent, I am writing to ask you to urgent the Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, to abolish or reform the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) due to the damage it is doing to creative subjects in schools.
Government figures published in January 2019 show that uptake of creative subjects at GCSE has fallen almost 18% since 2014/15, even accounting for smaller numbers of people taking GCSE.
There is now compelling evidence from the University of Sussex, the BBC, the independent Education Policy Institute, and others, that the English Baccalaureate- which excludes creative subjects from school league tables- is undermining the arts in schools. There is also no clear evidence that the EBacc facilitates entry to Russell Group universities.
The February 2019 report Music Education: State of the Nation, published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Music Education in partnership with the Incorporated Society of Musicians and the University of Sussex, shows how the Government is failing to meet its own targets for EBacc entry. Just 38% of pupils took the EBacc last year, against a Government target of 75% by 2022 and 90% by 2025. Even as it stifles creative subjects in our schools, the EBacc is failing on its own terms.
Official figures show the creative industries are worth over £100bn a year to the UK economy, larger than the automotive, aerospace, life sciences, and oil and gas industries combined. The creative industries rely heavily on a pipeline of talent from schools. The EBacc is therefore putting one of our largest and most successful global industries at risk, at a time when economic growth is of critical importance to the UK’s position on the world stage.
Please ask the Education Secretary not to press ahead with this deeply unpopular and damaging policy which in its current form excludes rigorous, challenging creative subjects from current Department for Education accountability measures.
A good education fit for the twenty-first century must be broad and balanced. The EBacc is not the way to achieve this. The Education Secretary must think again on the EBacc.