Lord Lipsey, Chair of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, today commented on the Government's decision not to introduce an English Baccalaureate in secondary schools. Critics of the EBacc said it would sideline lessons in music, art, drama, dance and design and technology, leaving children ignorant about the creative arts.
"Better a sinner that repenteth….let's not trot out the stale political clichés about U-turns; we should be delighted that the education secretary has seen sense.
"Amongst the army of critics of EBacc, the arts have been prominent - and rightly so. As chair of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, the UK's largest music and dance conservatoire, I have been only too aware that the planned EBacc, without arts, would have poisoned Britain's culture at its roots, reducing the standard of students we attract and therefore limiting their ultimate achievement.
"In a world which demands different skills - flexibility, creativity and entrepreneurship - the arts are integral to giving young people an education for life. Trinity Laban is living proof of this, as 97% of our students are in employment or further study six months after they graduate.
"This is a great day for the arts and a good day for Britain."