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The Incorporated Society of Musicians welcomes findings of the Times Education Commission

The Times Education Commission has produced its final report which is the result of a year-long investigation into the education system.

Its recommendations include the critical suggestion to make music an essential part of students’ school experience, stating that, ‘sport, music, drama, art, debating and dance should be an integral part of the timetable for all children, not an optional “extracurricular” add on.’

Its boldest recommendations include a slimmed-down set of exams in five core subjects in place of GSCEs and replacing A-levels with a ‘British Baccalaureate’, which would be based on the international baccalaureate. This idea importantly includes units on creativity.

The plan has been welcomed by former prime ministers Sir Tony Blair and Sir John Major alongside ten former education secretaries.

ISM Chief Executive, Deborah Annetts, said, ‘The Times Education Commission's report makes for very interesting reading and we will examine its proposals in detail.

The report is clear that music should be an integral part of students’ school experience, which we wholeheartedly agree with. The “British Baccalaureate” idea includes units on creativity, which are missing from the current policy of the “EBacc”.

The Times Education Commission has thoroughly examined the current system and looked to the future with open eyes. It appears many of their findings align with those of the ISM. It should start a debate about the education system we want for students and their future.