Our Letter To The Government
Recently, in our weekly round up, we fell upon the topic of The English Baccalaureate (EBacc); a legislation introduced by the government placing more emphasis on academic subjects, such as Maths, English and Science, whilst focusing less on creative topics, such as Drama, Art and Design. Being part of an industry that thrives in creativity, we at Freedom found ourselves wanting to help and realised we have a voice. Rather than keeping discussions internal, we knew we had to use our platform and speak up in the hope we can inspire others to do the same. Supporting the movement, ‘BACC For The Future’, we took to their website to understand more fundamentals about the proposed policy. After further educating ourselves on the statistics and facts, we felt it was our duty to write to Keir Starmer, MP of Holborn and St Pancras, expressing our feelings upon the matter. You can also write to your local MP too.
Dear Keir Starmer,
We write to you from Freedom Recruitment; the leading representation between brands and talent within the fashion industry. For a minimum of 9 hours a day, 5 days a week, we work closely and tirelessly with the contributors of the fashion industry. We see their talent, their passion and their drive and help achieve what they love doing; to them, it’s not just a job. We believe the introduction of the late English Baccalaureate (EBacc) will halt the kind of creative genius we see every day as well as fundamentally diminish the chances of the industries creative growth.
In a time where automation is becoming the forefront of all industry advances, surely we need to place more emphasis on creativity rather than less? Uber is currently the largest taxi company in the world, without owning any cars. Airbnb operate as the largest hotel company globally, yet own no properties. The first Artificial Intelligence just gained citizenship in Saudi Arabia (that’s right, a robot is a citizen of an actual country). Now is not the time to push creativity away but instead embrace it. Artistic subjects do not create individuals that can simply colour-in. They allow for creative students to reflect, come together and express themselves on everything from cultural movements to politics. The arts provide opinions, unity and conversation. In a world where human interaction is no longer needed, surely these are things that we should be desperately trying to cling onto?
We have already started to see the implications of the legislation on creative subjects since its announcement in November 2015; if the same proportion of pupils had taken at least one arts entry in 2016 as in 2014, then around 19,000 more pupils would have taken an arts subject. Entries for GCSEs in arts subjects have fallen by 46,000 this year compared with last, according to new figures recording England’s exam entries for 2016. The drift away from arts subjects is not only happening but it’s also gathering pace: this year’s loss is more than five times the size of the loss in 2015, when candidate numbers fell by 9,000.
The creative industries alone make up £90billion of the annual UK economy; more than almost any other collective in the country and continuing to rapidly grow. Why would we halt this kind of growth? Surely we should embrace the expansion of creative avenues and maintain an education system that fits that of the 21st century? It must be our prerogative to sustain the UK as one of the greatest creative nations of the world. The EBacc does not support this.
We urge you to lobby against the decision to press ahead with the EBacc in the face of overwhelming evidence against this policy.
Samia Ahdal on behalf of Freedom Recruitment
For further information, follow the link here to the website created by 'BACC For The Future'.