Consultation on Implementing the English Baccalaureate
We are deeply concerned by the Department for Education’s proposals to implement the English Baccalaureate (EBacc).
The UK’s creative industries are world-leading. New Government figures show they are worth £84.1 billion a year to the UK economy and employ more than 1.7 million (more than 1 in 20 UK jobs).
A good arts education is the basis for this success – it is the vital pipeline to our global success in the creative industries.
However, from 2010 to 2015 there was a 14% drop in creative and technical qualifications taken.
If implemented, this proposal would result in 90% of pupils taking a minimum of seven, narrowly defined, GCSEs. There would be little room left for pupils to study creative industry relevant subjects, narrowing a skills base in an area crucial to the success of dramatic and lyric theatre in the UK, and the creative industries as a whole.
To continue to build a thriving creative economy, the arts must be given equal visibility in our schools. Parents, students and teachers should continue to have the autonomy choose the learning and teaching appropriate to them.
Download the consultation here.
Family Arts Campaign
The Family Arts Campaign aims to increase the level of arts engagement by families.
Supported by Arts Council England and the initiative of eight organisations and trade bodies, Family Arts Campaign is a large scale national collaborative programme led by the visual and performing arts sectors to increase levels of engagement with families. The three main areas of work are:
- Increasing the amount and range of high quality content available
- Increasing the quality of experience
- Improving marketing
Get Creative Family Arts Festival
This an annual national festival of arts events for families which spans the October half-term holiday. It is a major focal point for the Family Arts Campaign, who conduct extensive annual marketing and PR activity promoting the Festival’s events and organisers to targeted family audiences. The Festival has been running since 2013 and has so far included 13,000 events by over 1,700 organisations, engaging 1.7 million family members across the UK.
You can be part of it simply by listing your event on the website and by using the Festival logo in your marketing.
National Campaign for the Arts (NCA)
The National Campaign for the Arts is the UK’s only independent organisation campaigning for all the arts. It is a volunteer organisation so is focusing on two projects:
NCA Arts Index
The NCA produces the Arts Index as a health check of the arts in this country. The 2013 edition of the Index is published by The Guardian. You can download it here.
The Guardian also published an interview with the NCA's Chair, Samuel West using infographics to highlight some of the key findings in the report.
50p for Culture
This campaign aims to safeguard and increase local authority investment in arts, museums and heritage. The NCA is bringing together new research, data analysis and a website where residents in England can find out how much local authorities plan to spend on culture in their area this year.
If you'd like to get in touch with the NCA's volunteer Board, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow NCA on Twitter.
Parents in Performing Arts (PIPA)
Parents in Performing Arts campaign for equal opportunities and access for parents and carers working in the performing arts.
PIPA want to achieve sustainable change in attitudes and practices in order to attract, support and retain a more diverse and flexible workforce. Read the Aims and Objectives.
Follow PIPA on Twitter
UK Theatre are active participants in What Next? a movement bringing together arts and cultural organisations from across the UK, to articulate, champion and strengthen the role of culture in our society.
What Next? has produced some practical guidance on ethics to help cultural organisations navigate the difficult situations they can find themselves in when an action sparks controversy – for example, the presentation of a divisive piece of work. Read it here.