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Increasing decline in the hours of arts teaching and number of arts teachers in England’s secondary schools

05 July 2018

Department for Education figures published in June 2018 show that between 2010 and 2017 the number of hours the arts were taught in England’s secondary schools fell by -21% and the number of arts teachers fell by -20%.

In the last year alone the number of arts teachers fell by -4% and hours the arts were taught by -5%. The number of children in England’s secondary schools went up by +1% between 2016 and 2017.

In comparison the EBacc subjects of History and Geography saw rises in the number of teachers and of hours taught of between +11% and +25%.

  • Design and Technology is experiencing the greatest falls with -32% fewer teachers and -36% fewer hours of teaching.
  • Drama teacher numbers have fallen by -19% and the hours taught by -15%. These hours include teaching time from non-specialists.
  • Art & Design teachers have declined by -11% with a reduction of -16% in teaching hours.

Between 2010 and 2017 the number of children in England’s secondary schools fell by -2%.

All data from the Department for Education School Workforce in England statistics.

Headcount of teachers by subject

 

2010

2016

2017

Percentage change 2016 to 2017

Percentage change 2010 to 2017

History

15000

16600

16700

+1%

+11%

Geography

13500

15800

15600

-1%

+16%

 

Design and Technology

15000

11300

10200

-10%

-32%

Music

7500

6700

6500

-3%

-13%

Drama

11100

9200

9000

-2%

-19%

Art & Design

13200

12000

11800

-2%

-11%

All arts subjects

46800

39200

37500

-4%

-20%

Hours taught by subject 

 

2010

2016

2017

Percentage change 2016 to 2017

Percentage change 2010 to 2017

History

153400

182000

185700

+2%

+21%

Geography

138700

170100

172700

+2%

+25%

 

Design and Technology

119900

86500

76300

-12%

-36%

Music

92700

83600

80200

-4%

-13%

Drama

95000

82900

80800

-3%

-15%

Art & Design

159800

136500

133500

-2%

-16%

All arts subjects

467400

389500

370800

-5%

-21%

Data for Dance is not available in the released DfE figures.

 

Image credit: Into Film St Andrews Primary Islington 01.11.17 Photo Ben Bentley

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