There are over 100 signatures on the letter, including Sir Simon Rattle, Alison Balsom OBE, Robert Lindsay, Phillip Pullman, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Sir Tony Robinson.
The letter states that the EBacc is ‘damaging the quality of the education offered to pupils in England’ and ‘harming the uptake of non-EBacc subjects, most notably creative, artistic and technical subjects.’
It notes that provision for and uptake of arts subjects has suffered since 2015/16, adding: ‘As pupils in secondary schools choose their GCSE subject options, we urge you to reverse this damaging policy, respond to the consultation and withdraw the EBacc.’
The letter continues: ‘We struggle to see a link between the Government’s commitment to the creative industries as a central sector for growth with an education policy (the EBacc) which creates an artificial and false hierarchy of subjects, excluding creative, artistic and technical subjects from counting towards key school accountability measures.’
It concludes by stating that the signatories look forward to hearing ‘that the government has listened and is reversing the EBacc policy.’
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