Traditionally students who could act did lots of work in school and/or youth theatre and/or extra-curricular classes. Then they applied for three year training at drama school and, if they were good enough, got in.
Creative Choices - the new name for Offstage Choices - has gone from strength to strength since Creative and Cultural Skills launched the programme in 2009 with just a handful of events. And that’s very good news because it is helping to get performing arts careers to school students - something that does not happen enough, as I point out regularly.
So Education Secretary Michael Gove, carefully flanked by Nick Clegg for political expediency, has announced the replacement of GCSE with English Baccalaureate Certificates (EBC) initially in Maths, English and Sciences.