This month we bring you news of two new reports on the attainment gap; £1 billion of catch-up support from the DfE; free internet and mobile data for pupils experiencing disadvantage; a report on class and jobs in the creative industries; £1.57 billion of support for the cultural sector; the launch of Covid-secure guidance for learning teams in cultural organisations; updated guidance from DCMS on Arts Sector Reopening and the #HereForCulture campaign from DCMS.
On 28 August the Department for Education updated its Guidance for full opening: schools. It includes guidance on how schools are expected to operate, including how to deliver arts lessons, the expectations around curriculum, and how assessment, accountability and inspection will work this autumn term.
2020 is an extraordinary year; the exam series was cancelled in March and a U-turn on how grades have been awarded took place four days after A Level grades were announced, and three days before GCSE grades were announced. However, the data from 2020 still enables us to monitor results in terms of arts entries.
-37% decline in arts GCSE entries 2010 to 2020
+1% increase in arts GCSE entries 2019 to 2020, +3.1% increase in GCSE Cohort number
-30% decline in arts A Level entries 2010 to 2020, -2% decline 2019-2020
As part of our series of blogs this summer about the pressing questions facing the arts education sector Basheba ‘Bashiie’ Baptiste (writer and producer), Belmiro Matos da Costa (activist and organiser) and Christy Ku (poet and performer), part of Sour Lemon’s creative leadership programme, write about their experiences of facilitating roundtables for leaders in the UK creative and cultural sector.