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News - 18 February 2015

Arts and creativity 'squeezed out of schools'

A new report by the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Values, found that between 2003 and 2013 there was a 50% drop in GCSE entries for design and technology, 23% for drama and 25% for other craft-related subjects.

In 2012-13, only 8.4% of students had combined arts and science at AS level, it said.

Liz Kennett, Audit and Accounts Manager of ABDS, and a Schools and Charities specialist comments:
“The report cited figures showing that since 2010, the number of arts teachers in schools had fallen by up to 11%, teaching hours and teachers for design and technology was down 11%, drama teacher levels had fallen by 8% and teaching hours for the subject, including hours taught by non-specialists, had reduced by 4%. The number of art teachers had also fallen by 4%, while the subject had seen a 6% decline in teaching hours, it added.”

Researchers said that without action, there was a risk of creating a "two-tier" system, in which only the most advantaged youngsters had access to a wide range of experiences. The report found that youngsters born into poor families with few qualifications were the least likely to work and be successful in cultural and creative industries.

A spokesperson for the commission said: "We need creative scientists as much as we need artists who understand the property of materials and the affordances of new technology."

A Department for Education spokesman said arts subjects were statutory in primary schools and up to the start of GCSEs. And he highlighted that the number of pupils taking music; and art and design GCSE had risen between 2013 to 2014.

The DfE added that it was providing £109m for 2014-15 to support music, art and cultural education projects - £17m more than the previous year.

If you need any help and advice with Free School or Academy Schools, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

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