Dear Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister,
We wish to express our concerns about the review of secondary school examinations being undertaken by the Secretary of State for Education.
As you will know, many influential figures from the world of the arts, design, sport and industry have expressed their concerns about the limited remit of the English Baccalaureate.
Whilst not being opposed to the reform of the system of examinations, nor to the drive to raise standards, we are concerned that the current consultation on the introduction of English Baccalaureate Certificates is too limited and that decisions are being made too quickly.
We need an examination system which ensures pupils receive a rigorous, broad and balanced curriculum. We do not believe the current proposals for EBCs will do that. By failing to give parity to high quality creative and vocational subjects, as well as sport, these reforms will jeopardise our children’s education and undermine the economic and cultural health of our nation.
We are therefore calling for the consultation period to be extended in both time and content to ensure any concerns are addressed before steps are taken to implement EBCs. This extended consultation should fully engage with the views of parents, students, governors, businesses, teachers, head teachers and other concerned stakeholders before any changes are made.
A small group of the signatories to this letter would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to further explain our concerns and discuss ways in which the Government could initiate a national conversation about examination reform.
Russell Hobby, General Secretary, NAHT; Christine Blower, General Secretary, NUT; Nicholas Hytner, Artistic Director, National Theatre; Emma Knights, Chief Executive, National Governors’ Association; Frances O'Grady, General Secretary, TUC...and 95 others. You can read the full list by clicking here.