Government must review decline of arts subjects

21 September 2017

Commenting on today’s report Entries to arts subjects at Key Stage 4 by the Education Policy Institute (EPI), Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

“The government must stop burying its head in the sand. The evidence is clear that arts subjects are being driven to the fringes of the curriculum by accountability measures which heavily prioritise a narrow range of academic subjects, and an education funding crisis which means schools are having to cut courses.

“We entirely agree with the EPI report’s conclusion that the government needs to acknowledge the pressure on arts subjects, and consider the impact which reduced access to the arts is likely to have, both on pupils and on the creative industries more widely.

“Nobody is disputing that the curriculum should have a rigorous academic core, but it also needs to maintain a breadth which preserves student choice, and protects the huge importance of arts subjects in our cultural life. The government must review how its policies are squeezing the life out of the arts.”