Something exciting is happening.
Since emailing you a fortnight ago, the new Parliamentary petition calling for an EBacc debate has rocketed up to 82,700 signatures.
If we can get the new petition to 100,000 signatures before 9 May, then the exclusion of creative subjects from the EBacc will be debated in the House of Commons.
The plans for a new EBacc published by the Department for Education will force creative subjects out of reach for many secondary school pupils.
To secure the EBacc, you will need to study a minimum of between seven and nine GCSEs. With the average number of GCSEs being taken equalling eight, this leaves little if any room for art, dance, design, drama and music.
This is despite their importance as subjects in their own right and the £84bn a year they contribute to the UK economy.
George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, said ‘Britain’s not just brilliant at science. It’s brilliant at culture too. One of the best investments we can make as a nation is in our extraordinary arts, museums, heritage, media and sport.’
We agree, and we need to help the Department for Education recognise the importance of creativity before the EBacc forces challenging creative subjects out of schools.
With your help we can get them to change their mind.
The great news is that people like you are standing up for creative subjects.
With less than two months to get to 100,000 signatures, more than 82,000 people have signed this new petition calling for a debate in Parliament.
So please – if you haven’t already – sign the new petition to help keep creative subjects in our schools and ask your friends, family and colleagues to do the same.
The Bacc for the Future campaign team