Labour pledges £160m ‘arts pupil premium’ for primary schools

The TES is reporting that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has pledged an “arts pupil premium” worth £160m to “unlock the creativity” in every pupil.

The Labour leader said the policy would form part of his National Education Service, which he pledged would become “every bit as vital as the NHS”.

His focus on more arts in schools comes on the same day that the former education secretary Lord Baker warned that the Conservatives’ new national curriculum was “too narrow” and pushed out creativity. Labour’s pledge on education “could hardly be more different to the Tory approach to education”, Mr Corbyn added.

Giving his keynote speech at the Labour Party annual conference in Liverpool, Mr Corbyn said he would raise more money from businesses to fund education and skills for the workplace. But he acknowledged that education was more than simply “preparing for the workplace”. “It’s also about the exploration of knowledge and unlocking the creativity in every human being,” he told delegates.

All pupils should have the chance to learn an instrument and have regular access to a theatre, gallery or museum in their local area, Mr Corbyn added. “That’s why we will introduce an arts pupil premium to every primary school in England and Wales and consult on the design and national roll-out to extend this pupil premium to all secondary schools.”

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