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Proposed schools changes could affect furniture manufacturing

Under new Government proposals the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) will not include any creative subjects and it is highly likely that this will leave little, if any room, for such lessons in secondary schools.

UK furniture manufacturing relies heavily on youngsters with skills in design and technology, whether employed directly from school or having pursued their interests through further education. If these seeds are not sewn at school then there will be little left to nurture.

It is not too late to influence the decision makers and an official Parliamentary petition asking the Department for Education (DfE) to include expressive arts in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) has already been signed by almost 80,000 people.

If 100,000 people sign up, the EBacc will be debated in the House of Commons but the petition closes on 9 May 2016 so there are just a few months remaining to reach this target.

Technology, design, mart, music and many more subjects will all suffer and become the preserve of those who can afford to access them.

Please sign the petition today and spread the word!

In addition it is suggested that you contact your MP using the template letter on the campaign website. If you have already heard back from your MP, and they support the EBacc, the site contains a useful myth-busting document to help you respond to them.