Carshalton and Wallington MP, Tom Brake, has signed a petition calling on the Government to put more emphasis on the Arts and include expressive arts in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc). This comes after the Department for Education announced its plan to make the EBacc mandatory in schools.
The proposal would require every student to take a minimum of seven GSCEs, which includes a narrow list of english, science, and math courses.
Tom said, “Although I am a Physics Graduate, I recognise the need for creativity. Arts courses will benefit students and help provide them with a well-rounded education, which is essential for future success. I call on the Government to commit to valuing Arts equally with the Sciences, and include expressive arts courses in the EBacc.”
According to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and figures published by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the UK’s creative industries grew by 8.9% in 2014. These creative industries generate roughly £9.6 million an hour and account for 1.8 million jobs in the UK. A greater emphasis on creative courses would allow these industries to flourish even more.
If you would like to be a part of the campaign to save the arts, you can find more information by visiting this website: http://www.baccforthefuture.com/