Arts suffering from ‘class-shaped hole’, Labour inquiry finds

The BBC reports that the Acting Up report suggests the high audition costs for drama school is one of several factors deterring people from working class backgrounds from entering the arts.

It also recommends more school trips to the theatre to encourage young pupils.

The government said it was a “priority” to ensure everyone can take part in the arts and culture, including in schools.

Former Coronation Street and EastEnders actress Tracy Brabin, who was elected as an MP last year, led the inquiry along with fellow Labour MP Gloria De Piero, who worked as a presenter on GMTV before becoming a politician.

The report, commissioned by Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson, looked at what more could be done at school level to encourage young people to consider a career in the arts. It said that drama, and other related subjects, are often treated as inferior at some schools – and that students are sometimes discouraged from studying them.

It also suggested there are poor drama facilities, few arts excursions and a lack of awareness about arts career opportunities in many schools.

A spokesman from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said it was investing £300m between 2016 and 2020 to encourage young people to participate in music and arts. He said: “We are completely committed to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to take part in arts and culture, including in schools.”

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With the arrival of EBacc and the removal of creative subjects from the curriculum, isn’t the situation going to deteriorate even further? Please tell us your  thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin

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