Report shows significant decline in number of schools offering Art subjects
A Warwick University report shows that more and more cultural experiences and opportunities are being cut off from students across the country, especially those from poort backgrounds.
Decline in number of arts teachers since 2010
According to the study there was a decline of nearly 11% in the last 5 years in the number of arts teachers and teaching hours.
The numbers also show evidence that the amount of teachers and teaching hours for design and technology classes also declined with 11%. The decline within drama classes was about 8%.
Besides the decline in arts teachers and teaching hours, the study also suggest that the ever increasing costs of extracurricular and cultural activities outside school are playing an important role in why youngsters are being closed off to artistic opportunities.
Researchers who worked on the study warn about the risks of creating a so called “two-tier” divide where only the most advanced students may have access to a wide spectrum of expertise ranging from technology to arts in general.
A Department for Education spokesman tells us that they are aware of the ‘problems within the arts department’ and that all pupils should experience a well balanced curriculum to prepare them for modern life in Britain. The arts are and should always be a key part of this.