DfE spending £100m on sending pupils to independent schools and arts centres

The government is providing nearly £100 million over two years to help talented pupils attend top music, dance and drama schools. The money will extend two existing schemes that support pupils to attend institutions such as the Royal Ballet School in London and Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. Tes reports. 

The Department for Education has committed to spending £96 million between 2018-20 on the Music and Dance Scheme – which provides grants and fees assistance at eight independent schools and 21 specialist centres – and the Dance and Drama Awards, which helps with living costs and fees at 17 private dance and drama schools.

Two years ago, the DfE announced it was putting £85 million towards the schemes between 2016-18.independent vocational schools.”

In 2017, 40 per cent of new students supported by the Dance and Drama Award had household incomes below £21,000, and a further 16 per cent of students had household incomes of less than £33,000, according to government statistics.

A further £8 million of DfE money will support cultural education programmes up to 2020, including at the British Film Institute and the National Youth Dance Company. It will also be spent on helping pupils to learn about the country’s most famous historical sites, with Historic England. 

The announcement comes as arts provision in schools is under increasing pressure, according to headteachers, unions and universities.

The British winner of the $1 million Global Teacher Prize, Andria Zafirakou, has also emphasised the importance of the arts in schools and said that they need to be prized more highly.

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