The director of the Tate art galleries has urged the government to include the arts in the English Baccalaureate qualifications that will replace GCSEs in order to ensure the UK retains its leading edge in creativity. This is from the BBC…
Sir Nicholas Serota warned the UK could lose its “leading edge in creativity”.
Last week Education Secretary Michael Gove announced the English Baccalaureate, would be taught in schools in England from 2015,
Initially covering English, maths and the sciences, they will later include history or geography and a language.
Speaking at the launch of the Tate’s annual report, Sir Nicholas voiced fears there might no longer be room in the school timetable for art, design, dance, drama or music.
The arts enabled young people to express themselves, which was fundamental to achieving success in later life, he said.
“There is a real risk that fewer and fewer schools will provide learning opportunities in the arts. The UK’s leading edge in creativity may be lost,” Sir Nicholas added.
“We cannot deprive an entire generation of children of the cultural skills that they will need.”
Sir Nicholas referred to February’s report on arts teaching in schools written for the government by Darren Henley, of Classic FM.
The report gave a firm endorsement of the importance of cultural learning in the curriculum and received a favourable response from government – but Sir Nicholas said he was concerned its proposals would not be implemented.
Sir Nicholas said there was evidence the arts were central to a rounded curriculum.Pupils at schools where the arts were integrated into the curriculum showed stronger performance in maths, English, critical thinking and verbal skills, he added.