The BACC for the Future campaign has relaunched in response to the Government announcement that it will be compulsory for all pupils starting secondary school this September to take the full suite of EBacc subjects at GCSE; schools that do not comply will no longer be able to be graded as outstanding.
The details of how this will be implemented will be the subject of a consultation in the Autumn, but now is a good time to let the government know that this is a flawed idea – and you can do this by signing the BACC for the Future petition.
As the campaign notes:
This excludes creative subjects from school accountability measures and harms the place of creative subjects in schools.
There is no published evidence to support the choice of subjects included in the EBacc.
Creative subjects are educationally and economically valuable and are valued by the British public.
Clearly this proposal poses a huge risk to D&T as a subject (along with other non-EBacc subjects) by threatening to severely limit the number of pupils able to choose it as a GCSE option.
[PS: it’s worth noting that the D&T Association is supporting this campaign.]