School leaders say EBacc is harming creative subjects

A majority of secondary school leaders believe the EBacc has had a negative effect on school curriculums, and two-thirds believe provision in arts and creative subjects has suffered in their school as a result of changes to the curriculum and performance measures.


These are the findings of the latest annual survey by school leadership organisation The Key, presenting the views of 1,182 school leaders and 1,257 governors of mainstream schools in England.


58% of secondary respondents said the EBacc had a negative impact on their curriculum, with only 9% saying it had a positive impact. By contrast, statistics were more balanced on the impact of Progress 8 and Attainment 8, with 37% reporting a negative impact and 31% reporting a positive one.


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