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A campaign for broadening the curriculum

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has launched a campaign to Save Our Subjects, and we invite you to support their action by signing their open letter to Gillian Keegan, Secretary of State for Education. Here is why:

Arts and technology subjects are in serious decline in English secondary schools. ​School accountability measures have devalued arts and technology subjects in our secondary schools - the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) excludes all arts subjects and Progress 8 heavily weights league tables towards EBacc subjects. Arts and technology subjects are disappearing at a frightening rate, with a 40% fall in GCSE arts entries since 2010, and specialist teachers are in decline too. For a truly broad and balanced curriculum that supports the talent pipeline and teaches young people skills for the 21st-century workplace, we must #SaveOurSubjects. Government must:

  • Review the impact of accountability measures (the EBacc and Progress 8) on arts and technology subjects

  • Reform the Progress 8 accountability measure, giving pupils more freedom of choice at GCSE

  • Commit to the Arts Premium which was promised in the Conservatives’ 2019 general election manifesto

We urge you to join us in the campaign to help #SaveOurSubjects.

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