Creativity and the arts being ‘squeezed out’ of schools, report claims

The TES is reporting claims that creativity and the arts are being “squeezed out” of schools, with pupils from low-income families being hardest hit…

A commission led by the University of Warwick to examine the value of culture in British society warns that the most deprived students are missing out on opportunities in the creative industries.

The report, drawn up by academics and cultural leaders, calls for evidence of “excellent cultural and creative education” to be a prerequisite for schools to be graded outstanding by Ofsted, as well as a dedicated arts and culture pupil premium similar to the £450 million physical education premium currently on offer.

The commission also calls on Ofsted and the Department for Education to back the Arts Council England’s target of helping at least 50 per cent of schools achieve an ArtsMark award to recognise high quality arts provision, and recommends that an arts or media subject should be included in the English Baccalaureate performance measure.

Commission member Jonothan Neelands, professor of creative education at Warwick Business School, warned that schools were in danger of creating a “two-tier creative and cultural ecosystem”…


See the full report at: Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth


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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Creativity and arts don’t move your country up the Pisa rankings so that MPs can brag internationally. End of story

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove What’s criminal is that we are world renown for our creative thinkers but due to political whims it’s being marginalised

  3. CeliaDignan

    g56g SchoolsImprove they identified a real problem but came up with wrong solution! Can’t punish schools for impacts of accountability

  4. DaveLewarne

    SchoolsImprove DurhamFreeSch according to NickyMorgan01 my BTEC Perf Arts is worthless tho its equiv to 2 Alevels. What value my NVQ3?

  5. Loulalovesart

    SchoolsImprove #creative #arts link to every area of the #curriculum. It is a rich source of engagement for all! Squeeze out? Ludicrous!!

  6. EdTeacha

    SchoolsImprove saw the Year 6 weekly plan at the printer before half term…a 45min PE session the only time not spent on maths or English!

  7. andylutwyche

    “Loulalovesart: andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Not what the CBI are saying!” It is what MPs are saying/thinking unfortunately #theyknowbest

  8. andylutwyche

    Loulalovesart SchoolsImprove I’m not saying that you are wrong to argue that! MPs have a natural talent for pigheadedness and bring wrong

  9. andylutwyche

    Loulalovesart SchoolsImprove I’m not saying that you are wrong to argue that! MPs have a natural talent for pigheadedness and being wrong

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