Labour pledge on creativity in schools

Labour is committed to putting creativity back onto the school curriculum, shadow culture secretary Tom Watson said today.

He said that figures from the House of Commons library found a huge drop off of poorer students between GCSE and A Level taking humanities subjects. Just 0.5% of free school meal pupils took A Level music this year compared with 1.2% of all students, meaning that 92 of the 3,933 teenagers who studied A Level music were from poorer families.

There has also been a fall in the number of arts subject teachers. Between 2010-2016 the number of A Level music teachers in English schools fell by 2,686, the number of drama teachers fell by 4,054 and the number of art and design teachers fell by 3,281.

“The government’s ruthless pursuit of the core EBacc is side-lining vital creative subjects year by year” Watson said today. “It will cause us to miss out on potential artists, musicians and actors of the future and it will make the UK’s arts and culture the preserve of the few and even posher than it already is.

“Every child, no matter what their background, should be able to access the wonder and enjoyment that arts and creative endeavours bring. As soon as Labour is in government we will put it right by putting creativity and arts back at the heart of children’s education.”

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