Anti-EBacc lobby: Tory manifesto ignores decline of creative subjects | News

Arts education lobbyists have criticised the Conservative Party for not addressing the decline of creative subjects in its general election manifesto.

The manifesto claims the creative industries are one of five key industrial sectors in the UK, but does not set out plans to improve creative subjects in schools and pledges to enroll 75% of pupils in the English Baccalaureate – which does not require pupils to sit a creative subject – by the end of the next parliament.

This percentage would be increased to 90% by 2025, according to the manifesto.

In response, campaign group Bacc for the Future called on the Conservatives to “urgently drop its plans to press ahead with an unreformed EBacc”.

It added: “The Department for Education’s own figures – backed up by a wealth of research – have shown that by excluding creative, artistic and technical subjects from schools league…

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