Today our blog looks at how we are promoting the arts in the school curriculum.
Today, Tuesday 16 October, the Tate and the Royal Shakespeare Company released the findings of their Time For Change Study, which examines the presence of arts subjects in schools. This was covered by BBC News.
Our ambition is for students to study a broad and balanced curriculum of which arts subjects play a key role. Many students take part in the arts as extra curriculum activities by singing in choirs, playing on orchestras and bands, and acting in school plays.
In addition, we offer strong financial incentives for people looking to enter the teaching profession, such as bursaries of up to £12,000 in design & technology trainee teachers.
A DfE spokesperson said:
Music and arts are a valuable part of the broad and balanced curriculum we expect all pupils to receive and Ofsted already inspects schools on this basis. Music and arts are compulsory parts of the curriculum for children in state funded schools up to the age of 14 and we expect all pupils to be able to study it as GCSE.
We are investing almost half a billion pounds in arts and music programmes, more than any other subject apart from PE and Sport. Our £300m music hubs programme offers every primary and secondary school student the chance to learn a musical instrument and additionally we are spending almost £120million on programmes to help talented musicians and artists from all backgrounds attend prestigious institutions, like the Royal Ballet School in London and Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.