A-level and AS level results were released today for schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Figures for 2016/17 show 2% drop in the uptake of creative, artistic and technical subjects from the previous year.
Subjects that faced the most severe decline in uptake were Media/Film/TV Studies (-4.2%), Music (-9.3%) and Performing/Expressive Arts (-10.6%).
Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musician (ISM) and founder of the Bacc for the Future campaign of over 200 creative, business and industry organisations and over 100,000 individual supporters said: ‘The English Baccalaureate, as revealed in the Government’s own figures and numerous studies and academic research, has had a devastating impact on arts subjects in our secondary schools. These new figures further demonstrate the decline at a time when now more than ever we need creative subjects in our schools. The creative industries contribute a staggering £90 billion a year to the UK and their continued success rely upon the talents and skills coming through our schools. This should be a wake-up call to Government that their EBacc plans need to be rethought, before any more damage is done.’