Thousands of people have signed a petition to include art subjects in the English Baccalaureate.

The Ebacc, as it is known, currently includes English, maths, science, languages and humanities, which are considered “core academic subjects”. 

Now, as of 04/12015, over 8,000 people have signed a petition created by Richard M Wilson to consider the arts alongside these subjects.

The statement on the UK Government and Parliament petition website reads: “Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, states that she wants 90% of sixteen year-olds to have the Ebacc.

“Numeracy and literacy are certainly key to future success in life, but it is wrong to say that the arts are not worthy of inclusion in a measure used to grade a school’s success.

“Our children deserve a broad, creative education, but the Ebacc is giving rise to massive declines in numbers of students able to choose arts subjects, at a time when the CBI demands more creative people.”

A government petition has to gain over 10,000 signatures to receive a response from the government.

If it can receive 100,000 signatures before May 9 2016, it will be considered for debate in the House of Commons.

The petition has been shared a number of times on social media, with many on Twitter supporting it.

The deadline for the petition ‘Include expressive arts subjects in the Ebacc’ is on May 9 2016. For more information, and to sign it, click here.