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The new English Baccalaureate (EBacc) will force pupils to be entered into a minimum of seven, narrowly and restrictively defined subjects at the expense of the rigorous, challenging GCSEs in creative, artistic and technical subjects.
The new EBacc includes no creative, artistic and technical subjects.
Given that the average number of full GCSEs taken by pupils is 8.1, there will be precious little room outside of the EBacc measure for the subjects which underpin our creative industries.
According to our own Government, the creative industries represent 5.2% of the UK’s economy – totalling £84.1bn in 2014, growing by almost 10% between 2013 and 2014, and employing almost two million people.
We urge the Secretary of State for Education to allow the former education secretary’s Progress-8 and Attainment-8 measures to settle before pushing ahead with a top-down accountability mechanism which will put the arts and technical subjects at risk in English schools.