In the face of Michael Gove’s initiative to replace GCSEs with the new EBacc,  the Bacc for the Future campaign is organising a petition which now has increasing support among the arts community and institutions:
“The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) threatens the very future of creative subjects – like Music, Art, Design & Technology, Drama and Dance.  By missing them off its list of core areas children must study, the Government is undermining their place at the heart of learning.
Your voice is vital to help change this.  Without them, our children will be denied the balanced education they need to grow and thrive. Without them, the skills that drive our creative economy will be lost.”

The Bacc for the Future campaign has already secured several thousand signatures and been covered in The Stage and Music Week, as well as receiving the backing of numerous organisations and individuals from the creative and cultural sectors, including Julian Lloyd Webber, Tasmin Little OBE, Arlene Phillips OBE, Rambert Dance, The Place, National Drama, Shakespeare’s Globe, Dance UK, Youth Dance England, the National Society of Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) and many others.  But the petition needs to gain many more signatories to convince the Education Select Committee to hold an inquiry. Please help in the following ways:

You can send the website link to your friends and family and ask them to sign the petition: www.baccforthefuture.com

If you use Twitter, you can tweet using the hashtag #baccforthefuture and the shortened link www.bit.ly/BaccISM.

Recent coverage:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-20139975

http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2012/10/dance-sector-warns-ministers-over-education-reform-plans/

http://www.theartsdesk.com/classical-music/opinion-why-arts-education-matters

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9653088/Arts-luminaries-warn-of-threat-to-creative-subjects-in-schools.html#

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