Teachers have taken to Twitter to campaign against the introduction of the English Baccalaureate – one year exactly after the consultation into making the EBacc compulsory for 90 per cent of pupils was closed.
The hashtag #BaccDown was trending across social media as professionals warned of the damage the new measure was already having on creative subjects.
The social media storm piles more pressure on the government after an email was released suggesting that schools may have to wait another six months for the government's report on the consultation.
Earlier this year an NAHT union survey suggested that 93 per cent of secondary leaders believed that the EBacc should not be compulsory, and respected educationists have expressed concerns that its introduction may mean the arts do not feature on the curriculum for the vast majority of 14- and 15-year-olds.
Use of the hashtag is one of the steps being taken by school leaders and teachers across the country in a bid to make the government take note of their concerns.
More than 200 organisations, including the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology, the NUT teaching union and Globe Education, are part of the #baccforthefuture movement, which urges members of the public to sign a petition and write to their local MP in protest at the introdocution of EBacc.