Submitted by Millie Mirkovic on Thursday 14th January 2021
Published on Friday 22nd January 2021
Current status: Open
Open until: Thursday 22nd July 2021
Current Signatures: 13,299
(count is updated approximately hourly)
Don't scrap funding for BTEC Performing Arts
I want the government to not defund BTEC Performing Arts. The government states ‘that all technical qualifications should offer the firm prospect of a sustainable job and career.’ So they don't think that Performing Arts can lead to a good career! Well it can!!
I want the government to reconsider defunding the subject BTEC Performing Arts. I studied BTEC Performing Arts at school and I loved the subject as did many others. It can lead to many 'sustainable jobs and careers'. I wonder how many people in TV shows they like to watch took this subject at school. The arts is a big part of entertainment yet the government continues to disregard it. Please do not defund this much loved subject!
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The Government responded to this petition on Monday 15th February 2021
The Government is consulting on the future post-16 qualifications system at level 3 and below. These proposals leave space for performing arts qualifications if they meet the new criteria for funding.
The Department for Education is reviewing post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below, to ensure that every qualification approved for public funding has a distinct purpose, is high quality and supports progression to positive outcomes. We want clearer qualifications choices for young people and adults. Students and employers should feel confident that every single qualification offered is high quality.
We recognise concerns about the potential removal of well-established qualifications, which is why we have consulted extensively. No decisions have been made yet about the future of particular subjects or qualifications. However, performing arts qualifications are mentioned explicitly in the most recent consultation as being candidates for future funding, provided that they meet our new quality criteria.
Our first stage consultation ran from 19 March 2019 to 10 June 2019 and set out the key principles we wish to underpin the future offer: quality, purpose, necessity, and progression. The second stage consultation of the review launched in October 2020 and closed on 31 January 2021. At level 3, we believe that T Levels and A levels should become the programmes of choice for 16 to 19 year olds. For those opting for a technical route, T Levels have been developed with employers to give young people the skills they need to enter employment or higher technical study; and for those wanting a more academic route, A levels have consistently prepared students well for higher education.
A levels and T Levels should not be the only options. This was a clear message from respondents in the first stage of consultation. This is why the second stage proposes to fund a number of groups of qualifications alongside A levels and T Levels. These include qualifications that have a strong practical focus and support progression to specialist HE, where they deliver valuable skills not offered by A levels.
We will publish a consultation response in due course.
Department for Education
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