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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.