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Campaign: Bacc for the Future
- Published 24th November 2012
The Society is supporting Bacc for the Future the campaign to save creativity in schools. The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) threatens the future of creative subjects - like Music, Art, Design & Technology, Drama and Dance. This includes photography. By missing them off its list of core areas children must study, the Government is undermining their place at the heart of learning.
The Society is concerned that photography, in particular, will be marginalised at a time when image-making and understanding images is increasingly important in a digital age. The skills that drive our creative economy will be lost. More widely, without the arts children will be denied the balanced education they need to grow and thrive.
Director-General Dr Michael Pritchard commented "The Bacc will undermines the arts in schools. The Society is concerned that schools will concentrate on the government's list of core subjects will and lose sign of the fact that children's creative activities are equally as important. Photography is one of the best ways for children to express themselves outside of formal academic study and it is important that photography and other arts are not restricted or made wholly optional."
The Society would encourage members and the wider public to read more about what the government is proposing, the campaign and to sign a petition which is supported by organisations and individuals across the creative arts. See: www.baccforthefuture.com