Music and other creative subjects are being cut back in many UK schools, according to a new BBC survey.
The report revealed that nine in every 10 secondary schools have cut back on lesson time, staff or facilities in at least one creative arts subject.
Four in 10 were spending less money on facilities, more than three out of 10 had reduced timetabled lessons, and some reported having fewer specialist staff.
In both art and music, one out of 10 schools said it was increasingly relying on voluntary donations by parents.
The Education Policy Institute’s latest research has outlined a decline in the number of pupils taking at least one arts subject at GCSE level. In 2016, it was 53.5%, the lowest level for a decade.
With a focus on “core” subjects like Maths, English and Science, the arts are being pushed aside as “soft” subjects that are being branded as less important when it comes to further education and employment. But not all agree.
John Kampfner from the Creative Industries Federation told the BBC: “Arts provision should also be seen as a core subject. There’s nothing soft about subjects that create the talent that creates the fastest growing sector of our economy.”
More than 1,200 schools responded to the BBC’s Survey – over 40% of secondary schools. Read more on the findings here.