One year on from the EBacc consultation launch and no response

Thursday 3 November marked one year since the Department for Education launched a consultation on their plans to make the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) all-but compulsory in secondary schools, a decision made under former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and first proposed under Michael Gove.
 
The immediate impact of the EBacc has been an 8% decline in the uptake of creative artistic and technical subjects at GCSE level and a 1.7% decline in the number of students taking at least one arts-based GCSE, seen in figures released by the Department of Education after this year’s GCSE results.
 
The Bacc for the Future campaign (comprising 200+ organisations and more than 100,000 individuals) is calling on the Government to publish the Government’s response to the EBacc consultation as a matter of urgency, drop their plans for the EBacc, and instead continue with implementing the original proposals for Progress 8 and Attainment 8 for all secondary schools.