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[Name of MP]
House of Commons
Dear [Name of MP],
Please include creative subjects in the English Baccalaureate
I am deeply concerned by the omission of creative subjects from the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) league table and ‘full EBacc’ certificate.
As it stands at the moment, the EBacc places significant pressure on schools to focus on just five ‘pillars’ of study: maths, English, sciences, languages (including Ancient Greek and Latin) and humanities (defined as just history and geography).
These are important, but the omission of creative subjects threatens a broad and balanced education (the International Baccalaureate for example includes a sixth creative pillar).
It also puts our creative economy and the creation of jobs in that sector at risk.
This is why the CBI and Creative Industries Council have expressed concern at the absence of any creative subject from the five pillars.
This is why over 240 organisations from across the creative sector are supporting the Include Design campaign which advocates a sixth pillar of creative subjects for the EBacc.
Please could you raise these concerns with the Secretary of State for Education and – if the EBacc reforms do go ahead – secure the place of creative industry relevant subjects in a sixth pillar of study such as ‘art and design, dance, drama, design technology, film studies and music.’ This is what the Government’s own Henley Review recommended.
I look forward to your reply.