As we had feared there has been a significant decline in the number of Arts GCSE entries in England in 2016. Entries are down 21% since 2010 and down 8% since 2015. This is the largest year on year decline for over a decade.
On the 9 August our new Culture Secretary Karen Bradley, made her maiden speech at Liverpool Philharmonic on the arts, culture and civil society. You can read the speech in full here. This post gives you the headlines.