The Sadler's Wells dance company aren't happy. They argue that the future of dance - the second most popular sport after soccer, believe it or not - will be jeopardised if it does not feature in the new EBacc syllabus, due to be introduced from 2015. In fact, the arts generally are not granted 'gold' status being left out of the EBacc altogether, and the fear is that arts subjects will lose their kudos, potentially leading to some schools, employers and parents - as well as students - regarding them as second-rate subjects.
Big names have been applying pressure for some time to government, by speaking out on the issue.
Paradoxically, this all comes at a time when there is a seemingly a recognition of the importance of Music in education. We had the Henley Review in Feb 2011, which gave birth nine months later to the National Plan for Music, and the announcement in May 2012 that 122 Music Hubs will ensure that all children have an opportunity to play and sing in and out of school.