Creative arts should be compulsory at GCSE level to stop a decline “before it is too late”, the artistic director of the Royal Albert Hall has said. Sky News reports.
Lucy Noble says at least one creative subject – drama, art, music, design or dance – should be taken by every pupil until the age of 16 to help bolster the UK’s creative industries.
In an open letter to Education Secretary Damian Hinds, Ms Noble is calling on the government to make the learning of a creative art subject compulsory for GCSE students in England and Wales.
“The dramatic fall in the number of GCSE students choosing a creative art subject, and the government’s apparent unwillingness to address this problem, is a matter of increasing concern for many involved in the creative industries,” Ms Noble writes.
“Austerity measures and the continuing tendency for schools to focus on more academic subjects, risk having a negative and irreversible long-term impact on the field, for which Britain is respected all over the world.”
Last year, a report by Labour highlighted a lack of support for subjects such as art and drama in schools, as well as costly audition fees and projects that pay performers “poverty wages”, as major causes of what it described as a “class-shaped hole” in the industry.
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