Bacc for the Future

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19 October 2016
ATL has joined the Bacc for the Future campaign which seeks substantial reform of the EBacc.

As the curriculum becomes increasingly narrow it fails to meet the needs of our children and young people.

  • The Department for Education plans to make it compulsory for every secondary school pupil to take maths, English, sciences, languages and history or geography at GCSE, which will reduce the subject options available to young people.
  • Creative subjects are excluded from school accountability measures which undermines the place of creative subjects in schools.
  • There is no published evidence to support the choice of subjects included in the EBacc.

Creative subjects are educationally and economically valuable and are valued by the British public.

On the 4 July 2016 there will be a parliamentary debate on the EBacc.

Research by Ipsos MORI, published by the Department for Education, found that 27% of schools reported that they had to withdraw some courses or that they failed to recruit enough pupils for the 2012/13 academic year due to the EBacc. The most commonly withdrawn subjects were drama and performing arts (23% of those schools withdrawing courses), art (17%) and design technology (14%).

Official figures published by the Government in January 2015 recognised the economic value of music and the wider creative industries. The UK's Creative Industries are worth £76.9bn per year to the UK economy and grew by 9.9% in 2013, and accounted for 1.7m jobs in 2013 (5.6% of all UK jobs).

Get involved

  • Write to your MP ahead of the debate on the 4 July 2016 asking them to attend and represent your concerns.
  • Sign the petition and share on social media.
  • Tweet about this campaign using #baccforthefuture. If you include @ATLunion, we'll see your message and respond.
  • Visit the campaign website to find out more.
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