Include expressive arts subjects in the Ebacc

The English Baccalaureate, or Ebacc, is a standard which maintains that English, maths, science, a language and a humanity define a good education. The exclusion of art, music, drama and other expressive subjects is limiting, short sighted and cruel. Creativity must be at the heart of our schools.

Please sign  the petition here

Portland Rocks On! The YouTube channel

The download label now has a YouTube channel where we will be adding our music. Hopefully in the future we will get funding for a project to create videos for our releases.

In the meantime please subscribe to our channel here

What David Cameron says!

The Prime Minster David Cameron made a speech on 11 January which linked the need to ensure children have access to arts and culture with improved life chances, talking about the ‘opportunity of culture’.

‘Britain is blessed with some of the most awe-inspiring cultural treasures on the planet. Our museums, theatres and galleries, our exhibitions, artists and musicians, they are truly the jewel in our country’s crown. And culture should never be a privilege; it is a birth right that belongs to us all.’

David Cameron Life Chances speech


While recognising the importance of access to arts and culture to improve children’s life chances, the Prime Minster appeared to be unaware of the inherent contradiction in of promoting the English Baccalaureate as a measure for improving ‘innovation, creativity, problem solving’.

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is actually driving the arts out of schools. Since 2010 there has been a fall of 14% in the take up of Arts GCSEs and we know from Ipsos Mori research when the EBacc was first implemented that schools were removing arts subjects from the curriculum. 21% of schools with a high proportion of free school meals removed an arts subject as a result of the EBacc – precisely the children who David Cameron says need their life chances improved.

Source: The Cultural Learning Alliance.

Portland Rocks On

More music added to our download. Click to hear examples, first by the brilliant Katie and Sophie and some doodling’s by Mumjum.

The majority of profits raised through sales goes to the artist with the remainder going to support community music in the Weymouth and Portland area so please support this exiting project.

Portland Rocks On!

Tonight, we posted the music of the first artist supported by the ‘Portland Rocks On’ label, none other than local musician and Portland Rocks workshop leader Steve Garden.

The page still needs finishing and we will be doing that over the next few days. Please support Steve, the CIC and community music by downloading his first tracks from the ‘Trip’ Bandcamp site.