Help protect expressive arts subjects in the EBacc

U.Dance 2015. Photo by Brian Slater

U.Dance 2015. Photo by Brian Slater

The exclusion of creative subjects from the Department for Education’s new English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is set to be debated in the House of Commons on 4th July after a petition started by a Drama teacher secured the necessary 100,000 signatures for debate.

The Parliamentary Petition, which criticises the exclusion of art, drama, music and other creative subjects is backed by the Bacc for the Future campaign and One Dance UK to save creative subjects in secondary schools.

One Dance UK’s Chief Executive Andrew Hurst was a signatory to a combined letter published this week by The Daily Telegraph to raise the profile of the issue in advance of the debate on 4 July. The letter was signed by a number of cultural and education sector leaders and coordinated by The Bacc for the Future campaign.

How To Get Involved:

•    Help ensure the argument for dance is made during the debate – write to your local MP encouraging them to attend the debate in Parliament on 4th July and speak up for ensuring that children and young people have access to the arts and the creative subjects as part of the curriculum.

•    Go to the Bacc for the Future campaign website where you find all the information you need including:

•  How to find your local MP

•   A template letter you can use to write to your local MP to which you can add personal notes about dance from your own experience or from the key messages in the attached document. You can also send a personalised letter if you prefer.

•    We also encourage you to contact teachers and any parents in your local area you may know whose children will miss out as a result of these changes to the curriculum and urge them to write to the local MP as well.

•    Spread the word – tell your colleagues, friends and family about the campaign and spread the word through twitter (using the hash tag #baccforthefuture), Facebook and other social media.

The Bacc for the Future campaign website has lots of helpful information and guidance and ways you can help with the campaign.

Feel free to get in touch with One Dance UK to let us know about your MP’s response or if you have any questions on 0207 713 0730 or at hanna.madalska-gayer@onedanceuk.org.