Creative subjects sidelined in response to new league table measure

The TES is reporting fresh claims that creative subjects are being squeezed out as schools are urging students to “double up” on academic GCSEs in response to the government’s new league table measure…

Headteachers “nervous” about their performance on the measure are requesting that students take more GCSEs in English Baccalaureate subjects, according to subject associations.

School leaders and campaigners fear that the trend could have a significant impact on creative subjects, which are not included in the EBac, such as art, music, and design and technology.

The warning comes just weeks after a Warwick Commission report warned that creativity and the arts were being “systematically” removed from UK schools.

…according to the Design and Technology Association (DATA), schools are pushing students to study more EBac subjects in order to bolster their league table performance, leaving pupils with less opportunity to pursue creative interests.

“Schools are nervous of the fact that students may come unstuck on the EBac subjects, so they are doubling up on them,” DATA chief executive Richard Green told TES. “If a student is doing history then [schools] are advising them to take geography as well, and the same with sciences and languages…”

To read more on this and other stories get the 6 March edition of TES…

 

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Comments

  1. wheelerofads

    SchoolsImprove Creative subjects shouldn’t be sidelined. We need imaginative people who create, to inspire, to make us think.

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Whole curriculum is based upon the measures of school “success”. Anyone must realise that this is wrong, unless you’re an MP

  3. MrJDexter

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove I don’t blame all MP some are outstandingly good many v hood people it seems to be power and desire to tinker

  4. kalinski1970

    MrJDexter SchoolsImprove I am a little amazed by that. Shows very little understanding of progress8 by HT is it is true

  5. kalinski1970

    MrJDexter even if they have narrowed the curriculum to 8 subjects, you still have three slots…mind u I am ignoring the ebacc bit

  6. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Only a bureaucrat or politician can honestly “believe” that all must follow the same educational path. #HolySmoke

  7. andylutwyche

    MrJDexter SchoolsImprove A colleague recently said to me that those who want to be MPs should be banned from being one. She was spot on

  8. andylutwyche

    MrJDexter SchoolsImprove A colleague recently said to me that those who want to be MPs should be banned from being one. She was spot on

  9. MrJDexter

    andylutwyche understood but frankly ours have been v good but it’s decisions at top eg in ed on curr on assess which worry

  10. Soarpoints

    kalinski1970 MrJDexter I’m sure this is about last years measures. Progress8 means all 8 slots need filling. Shd mean > in arts subjects

  11. andylutwyche

    MrJDexter Agreed – it does seem that the top have an ideology that they will push through without regard for actual evidence

  12. Soarpoints

    kalinski1970 MrJDexter but one of the inherent problems of Progress8 is it incentivises broad mediocrity over narrow high attainment

  13. Heidimo

    Gwenelope SchoolsImprove short sighted, prescriptive, restrictive and wrong. I want CREATIVE visionaries with passion for learning Sci!

  14. MrJDexter

    Soarpoints kalinski1970 danger of less emphasis on subj pupils really loveandenjoy and achieve in allowing them to ‘live’ w others

  15. Gwenelope

    Heidimo SchoolsImprove Our Art culture is what makes us human…compare to ISIS destroying ancient sculptures etc

  16. Gwenelope

    Heidimo SchoolsImprove Our Art culture is what makes us human…compare to ISIS destroying ancient sculptures etc

  17. Heidimo

    Gwenelope SchoolsImprove the vandalism at Nimrud made me cry. I was raised a scientist by an artist and a musician!! Best of both!

  18. brighton118

    SchoolsImprove – This is what happens when government ministers meddle. They do not look at the bigger picture nor the valid research.

  19. brighton118

    SchoolsImprove – This is what happens when government ministers meddle. They do not look at the bigger picture nor the valid research.

  20. brighton118

    SchoolsImprove – This is what happens when government ministers meddle. They do not look at the bigger picture nor the valid research.

  21. glynhale

    g56g The creative arts are one of the few areas in which the UK leads the world; sadly the philistines are in charge of education now.

  22. Heidimo

    Gwenelope SchoolsImprove physically sickening to see such an incredible monument (and something off my bucket list) so gleefully destroyed

  23. davowillz

    SchoolsImprove This was always going to happen. Schools react to performance pressures or face Ofsted. Always.

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