‘Dramatic decline’ in quantity and quality of arts in primaries

Tes is reporting that more than two-thirds (68 per cent) of primary teachers say there is less arts education now than in 2010, new research has revealed.

The report Primary Colours from the Fabian Society also found that almost half (49 per cent) felt the quality of arts provision had worsened over the same period.

One teacher told the researchers: “There is little money in school for PVA glue, paper and clay. I have to ration my resources extremely tightly and it limits what I can offer. For years we’ve only had a dirty, broken and worn out box of mismatched musical instruments.”

Other findings include:

  • Only 37 per cent of teachers felt their school gave the right amount of emphasis to the arts, with 59 per cent saying that their school did not value the arts enough.
  • 58 per cent of teachers believed there were fewer arts-based school trips compared to 2010

The government today announced that it had brought together an expert panel to look at producing a model music curriculum which is due to be published in the summer.

The DfE has been contacted for comment.

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