CVAN Campaign Against EBacc

Back in 2013 CVAN were part of a successful campaign (of 45,000+ individuals and 120+ organisations) to stop the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) from becoming compulsory in all secondary schools.

The EBacc places extra value on a narrow list of five subject areas – Maths, English, sciences, languages and history or geography. Numerous studies have demonstrated both the lack of evidence for the choice of subjects in the EBacc and the harmful impact it has had on cultural and creative subjects in schools.

This week in a speech to Policy Exchange, the Minister of State for Schools, Nick Gibb MP, announced that the Government would once again be trying to make the EBacc compulsory for secondary school pupils.

This proposal would diminish creativity in schools, leaving little room for the arts and music, and it would undermine the creative industries.

We know that creativity is educationally and economically valuable and is valued by the British public and we must work together to urge the Government to reconsider this proposal.
The good news is we have won this argument before and we now need to work together to win the argument again.

CVAN will be publishing online regular campaign updates, if you know of colleagues who would like to receive updates please encourage them to sign up to our mailing list.

If you wish to be proactive please send a quote of support, photo and logo to, the ISM’s Communications Officer. ISM lead the Bacc for the Future campaign.

A Campaign meeting is being held this week to discuss the next steps for Bacc for the Future and sister campaigns, CVAN will report the outcome of that meeting on our website.

CVAN supports the campaign wholeheartedly and as a valuable member of CVAN your involvement is vital.

Read the latest briefing sheet by Henry Vann, External Affairs ISM

Read the Cultural Learning Alliance report on MP Nick Gibb's speech