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UK Culture Secretary claims Brexit is an 'Opportunity' for the Creative Industries

By Neil Bennett | July 11, 2016
Speaking at a visit to The Foundry, John Whittingdale MP (above) also supported the government's EBacc plans for GCSEs despite evidence that its causing fewer pupils to study fewer creative subjects.

There was a debate in Parliament on Monday as the result of a petition about the EBacc by Baccforthefuture and - while MPs explained why it was a bad idea at length and offered a variety of better solutions - schools minister Nick Gibb said that the government was going to continue with its plans.

I asked Whittingdale if he supported the EBacc.

"I don't want to see it changed," he said. "The principle that we have a small number of core subjects [means that] it does not exclude the creative subjects from that."

However, he does concede that he'll change his mind in the light on new evidence.

"We'd be very anxious if it appeared that it was going to create a long-term skill shortage," he said. "Obviously, it's something we're going to watch [for]."

Photos supplied by The Foundry.

 

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