EBacc and the arts in education, letter in The Times

NSEAD is one of 70 signatories on a letter to the Times newspaper laying out concerns about the DfE’s proposals to make the English Baccalaureate ‘all but compulsory in schools as a headline accountability measure’.

The letter continues: ’the average number of GCSE’s taken by pupils in England is eight. If these plans become a reality there would be little room for pupils to study creative industry-relevant subjects and the arts would be squeezed out of schools altogether.’ ‘... it makes no sense for the government to implement an education strategy which is narrowing a skills base in an area so integral to our economy’s success.’

It goes on to explain the potential damage to the economy as a result of creative-industry related subjects not being included in the accountability measures by which schools are judged.

Signatories include Sarah Munroe, Director of the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Deborah Annetts, CEO of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, Kate Brindley, CEO of the Arnolfini, Anthony Spira, CEO of MK Gallery, Andrew Nairne CEO of Kettles Yard, Victoria Pomery, CEO of Turner Contemporary and Paul Hobson, CEO of Modern Art Oxford.


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Applications can now be made to the Eridge Trust for grants for school trips, or for projects in museums or galleries, which are due to take place in the next school year, beginning in September 2016. They must be received by 31 May 2016. Applicants will be told in early July whether or not their application has been successful.
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Places on the fully funded training Connecting Classrooms, managed by the British Council, are now available.
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Call for Chapter Proposals: Visitor-Centered Exhibitions and Edu-Curation in Art Museums

Pat Villeneuve, PhD, (Florida State University) and Ann Rowson Love, PhD, (Florida State University) (Editors)
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BTEC results 2013-14 show art and design numbers falling

BTEC results published by Pearson in 2014 represent achievement for students in UK Schools and FE Colleges for the 2013/14 full academic year (from September 2013 to August 2014). The results show achievement of students by subject, region and gender. A fall in both art and design BTEC Firsts and Nationals has been identified in the results.
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