This letter is designed to help you formulate your own response to the consultation on the English Baccalaureate
The consultation closes on Monday 10 December 2012, so you will need to make sure you have responded by then. Adding your own thoughts and words in to this template really helps. Try to avoid duplicating it directly.
Area 1c, Castle View House
East Lane, Runcorn
Cheshire, WA7 2GJ
Dear Consultation Unit,
Reforming Key Stage 4 Qualifications
I am writing, as an individual, in response to the Department for Education’s (DfE) consultation on Reforming Key Stage 4 qualifications.
In particular, I am commenting on the selection of subjects in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) league table and ‘full EBacc’ certificate and I am requesting that the Department include a sixth pillar of creative subjects in the English Baccalaureate.
This responds to questions in the consultation document in paragraphs 5.13 and 5.20.
- The EBacc is having a negative impact on subjects not included, in particular the creative subjects. In so doing, it is undermining a broad and balanced education.
- The absence of creative subjects has been criticised by the CBI and Creative Industries Council and the Creative Coalition Campaign. The UK’s design industry is the largest in Europe and one of the strongest globally – NESTA estimates £23bn is spent on design, while Imperial College put the figure at £33.5bn in 2011 .
- If the new EBacc comes into force, then pathways from school to the creative industries will be at risk.
- Evidence from the higher education sector does not support the EBacc choice of subjects. The Russell Group’s report on Informed Choices is about post-16 study, not pre-16 study.
Should the EBacc reforms have to go ahead, then the certificates, full certificate and league tables must be reformed to incorporate a sixth pillar of creative subjects to avoid children from all backgrounds being put at a further global economic and educational disadvantage.
This is why I am responding to the consultation and calling on the EBacc to include creative subjects as a sixth pillar within the EBacc as suggested by Darren Henley in his Review of Cultural Education in England. This is also backed by the 40-plus creative industry and education organisations supporting the Bacc for the Future campaign.