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.
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Sophie M entertaining the diners for the valentines lunch at Pennsylvania Castle today. https://t.co/FVxbxdxkX4
Drawing of the young Paul McCartney by Katie Mullender https://t.co/8UCwetAVlW
Sophie having a practice for a performance on valentines day at Pennsylvania Castle https://t.co/w4H6G5GmbM
Steering group meeting tonight. Great ideas to develop the arts in the Weymouth and Portland area. Sign up to our newsletter for details.
Sitting down to see the show in Theatre Royal Bath. Chucking it down outside, much rather be here in the warm. https://t.co/IE8KmL5oYD
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
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.
Our very own YouTube channel coming soon.
Picked this up over the weekend, looking forward to giving it a listen tonight. https://t.co/GthPFvcPXI
With a bit more time over Christmas I had a chance to give this album a proper listen. It’s a good album. https://t.co/7HTTUots6J
#Dorset music services. Really enjoyed the concert at Dorchester Corn Exchange featuring county music ensembles. Well done to all involved.
A new page has been added to this site giving access to the artists we are supporting via our new download label ‘Portland Rocks On!’. Please check out the page via the menu on the left hand side of our home page or use this link.
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.
Please see details below, an electric drum kit in good condition and ideal for home practice.
Techtonic Electric drum kit for sale CIC
Looking forward to posting more music on Bandcamp next week. Look out for updates. Possibly the music of two new artists.
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.
#dorset music services. Really enjoyed the Dorset County Jazz Orchestra set at the county volunteer awards. A credit to all who took part.
#Dorset youth association. Great performance by Katie and Sophie at the DYA AGM. Yet again they were asked for an encore.
#Dorset youth association. Looking forward to the performance by Katie and Sophie at the DYA AGM.
Beautiful autumn trees. https://t.co/6QlANPAqmO
The other ancient barn at Cressing Temple. https://t.co/BNOfn7xmUP
Roof details in one of the ancient barns https://t.co/6HlftV10Tj
The ancient barns at Cressing Temple https://t.co/bjKTrSLJv2
Essex countryside. Cressing Temple https://t.co/j9BIRJGTca
The real Essex. This is Cressing Temple https://t.co/zoPOsP8OPO