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18 December 2012

The English baccalaureate (EBacc) system

You may have read or heard recently that Education Secretary Michael Gove (Pob) plans to exclude all art and design subjects from the core curriculum in schools. A piece of news that at first I didn’t believe, until I looked a bit deeper on the internet.

In September, Mr Gove announced plans to replace GCSE examinations for students up to the age of 16 with a new English baccalaureate (EBacc) system. Creative subjects such as art and design will not count towards the EBacc qualifications, which instead are graded on performance in academic “stem” subjects. These stem subjects are English, mathematics, history or geography, the sciences and a language.

This news is crazy, and to all those people working in the creative industry and countless jobs in art and design, a bit of an insult from the current Government. It’s equal to taking out all languages from the curriculum, as the visual language of art and design is equal to any foreign language and understood worldwide. Creative services as a percentage of GDP is higher in the UK than any other country, so why this Government doesn’t want to support, promote and build on this is unbelievable.

From architects to yacht designers we all needed a grounding in art and design, and if I wasn’t encouraged and told in school about the wealth of careers available to a pupil interested in art and design, then I hate to think what I’d be doing now. Probably a Politian bringing misery to one and all !

Art - Design - EBacc System

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