Until 2005, all but a few students took a language in Key Stage 4. They were given the opportunity to develop critical thinking
On Monday of this week MPs acted on the wishes of over 102,000 petition signatories to debate the exclusion of expressive
Next week is pivotal for the future of artistic diversity in the UK. On 4 July Parliament will debate whether the EBacc should include expressive arts subjects, with the result having potentially huge ramifications for who the arts are 'for' in Britain - are they for everyone to practice and appreciate, or are they the preserve of a wealthy and culturally homogenous elite?
With the forthcoming debate on whether arts subjects should be a part of the new EBACC scheduled for July 4th in the Houses of Parliament, I wanted to write now to encourage others to pursue similar projects and campaigns.
Here's the problem. The government's plans are, in reality, a straight transfer of resources and responsibility. These move away from local authorities, and the democratic control that they are subject to, in favour, ultimately, of private organisations who are not accountable in anything like the same way. And who must as a reason to continue to exist, turn in a profit.
As the whole saga untangles, we are delighted that art and design will be retained in the National Curriculum, and that its importance both to the economy and as a tool to broaden pupils' grasp of the world around them has been recognised.
Whilst the initial plans to implement the EBacc were incredibly alarming, the loud and very public backlash also proved that Britain is proud to be the cultural capital of the world. We must now keep this momentum going and ensure that our teachers are delivering the arts in the classroom with as much passion and creativity as possible.
I loved learning about lungfish. But I don't want to force them into the curriculum. Schooling is an area of government policy
It is a puzzling aspect of modern politics that the more persistently a minister is entreated to change their mind on an issue, the greater the crowing if he or she does indeed perform an about face.
Once again, it wasn't a good week to be a horse. But it was a good week to be on Twitter if you had a new horse joke. Yes