New evidence Briefing: The Arts in Schools

05 September 2018

As the school year starts we publish our latest Briefing paper, in partnership with ASCL the Association of School and College Leaders, setting out why the arts matter in our education system.

An arts-rich education enhances the life chances of a child

A wealth of research shows that children with an arts deficit are disadvantaged educationally and economically, while their more fortunate peers are more resilient, healthier, do better in school, are more likely to go on to higher education, to get a job and to keep it.

As the school funding cuts bite, arts are being squeezed out of school curriculums, with 20% less arts teachers in secondary schools in 2017 than in 2010, and 21% less hours of arts teaching.

Read more about the educational, social, personal and economic value of an arts rich education in The Arts in Schools Briefing paper


Image: The Harker School Orchestra Photo by Mark Kocina

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