In September, the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, announced proposals for a fundamental change in the examination structure.
The intention is to develop entirely new examinations to be called English Baccalaureate Certificates (EBCs) and these will replace GCSEs.
But the new English Baccalaureate (EBaa) do not include the arts as a core subject, and the way in which the proposals have been presented suggests that art, design, drama, dance and music will be deemed a low priority on the school timetable.
As principal, I am concerned that the new proposals will impact on the system as we know it. A result of these new proposals may well be that a two-tier system will develop across the country which will reward the most able and leave others with a ‘statement of achievement’ from their school yet no national qualifications at all.
We believe that there has been a lack of consultation on the principles and about the validity of some of the premises underlying these proposals. I am working with the governors, staff and students to encourage creativity within the classroom and to continue to build a community that recognises and appreciates the value of visual skills and emotional creativity.