Crisis in arts education, warn regional theatre leaders

Leaders from 13 of England’s biggest theatres have collectively cautioned that their ability to work with schools is being significantly impacted by a narrowing curriculum and cuts to arts subjects, following the introduction of the English Baccalaureate. The Stage reports

The findings of the survey also led some to express concern over the widening gap in provision between private and state education, with 77% of leaders witnessing a change in this area.

Nottingham Playhouse chief executive Stephanie Sirr said the gap between cultural engagement for state and privately educated young people had never been bigger, meaning opportunities were “increasingly [only] open to the elite”.

Read more worrying comments and findings Crisis in arts education, warn regional theatre leaders 

With EBacc taking over, has creativity been squeezed out of your school? Have your schools trips to the theatre disappeared? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin

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