The #SaveOurSubjects campaign was formed to raise awareness of the dramatic fall in numbers of pupils taking arts and technology GCSE and A-Levels and has a growing number of supporting organisations, including: the NEU and NASUWT teaching unions, Best for Britain, English National Opera, Creative UK and Parentkind.
The #SaveOurSubjects open letter, which has gained the support of those who work in the creative industries, parents, teachers and more, calls on the Department of Education to:
- Review the impact of accountability measures (the EBacc and Progress 8) on arts and technology subjects
- Reform the Progress 8 accountability measure, giving pupils more freedom of choice at GCSE
- Deliver the Arts Premium promised in the Conservatives’ 2019 election manifesto
High-profile signatories include: classical music luminaries Alice Coote, Ian Bostridge, Julius Drake, Mark Elder, Gerald Finley, Jeremy Huw Williams, Mark Padmore and Nicky Spence; broadcasters Petroc Trelawney and Sean Rafferty; Baroness Sue Nye and Sir Christopher Frayling, plus the general secretaries of the National Education Union, Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, as well as chief executives of a wide range of arts organisations and subject associations.