|Consultation:||Young Greens AGM 2019|
|Agenda item:||B Motions|
|Proposer:||Sam Murray (Waltham Forest & Redbridge Greens)|
B2: Scrap the EBacc
The EBacc has placed too strict and narrow a focus on the education earning of GCSE students and has been driven by the STEM agenda which only benefits a certain type of pupil. The insistence to promote the STEM agenda in school has restricted routes for the self-expression and confidence building that creative subjects offer.
Research by UK Music found that over the past 5 years entries for A level music have declined by 30%. This decline has been facilitated by the EBACC and has mainly impacted state schools, this risks making creative subject the presernve of the elite.
With the creative industries worth over £268 billion to the UK economy, and the increasing mechanisations and robotisation of the work force young people need to be able to access a creative education to learn skills for future employment. Creative skills also offer a wide variety of transferrable skills and have a remarkably positive impact on mental health and wellbeing.
The education system should not be an experiment for the conservative government to enforce a heaby industry led agenda.
The Young Greens of England and Wales call on the government to scrap the
English Baccaluareate and focus on an inclusive well rounded education that goes
beyond STEM to include creative subjects.
- Hannah Clare (Brighton and Hove Green Party)
- Arran Rangi (Ashfield Green Party)
- Catriona Sibert (Wandsworth Green Party)
- Matthew Hull
- Robert Nixon
- Hannah Graham