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English Baccalaureate debate

On 14 January 2013, peers took part in a debate on the omission of certain arts subjects from the proposed English Baccalaureate.

The subject for debate was tabled by Crossbench peer Earl of Clancarty.

The government has announced plans for the English baccalaureate to replace GCSEs in schools from 2015.

The new qualification will initially be in three core subject areas - English, maths and sciences - but will later be widened to include a language and either history or geography, but no arts subjects.

Figures in the arts world have voiced fears that Britain's creative economy could be damaged if arts subjects are left out of the new qualification as schools might no longer want to put resources into teaching them.

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