Today we launch our new Briefing The Arts for Every Child: why arts education is a social justice issue.
This month we bring you news of three former education secretaries calling for the end of the EBacc; Bob and Roberta Smith calling for every child to study an arts GCSE; DfE removing the Facilitating Subjects reference on the EBacc webpage; MP Ed Vaizey calling for arts at the heart of the curriculum; details of all the new Arts and Education Ministers; two reports from the Sutton Trust and Teacher Tapp, and the Nuffield Foundation, on teacher recruitment; that Arts subjects are the most likely to be taught by specialist teachers in secondary schools; and Arts qualifications being de-funded.
Department for Education figures published in June 2019 show that between 2010 and 2018 the number of hours the arts were taught in England’s secondary schools fell by -23% and the number of arts teachers fell by -22%.
This month we bring you news of the Curriculum for Wales consultation; a Science Minister speech on the importance of Arts; Arts Council England’s draft ten year strategy; provisional A Level and GCSE arts entries for 2019; the University of Leeds to be first UK Centre for Cultural Value; the CBI calling for a creative subject to be added to the EBacc; and the Sutton Trust Elitist Britain report.
This month we bring you news of important recommendations from the DCMS Select Committee report Changing Lives; the Social Mobility Commission 6th state of the nation report; a new Minister for the Arts; DfE’s call for character education evidence; BBC reports on the value of music education; and a call for more drama in schools.