New Schools Network’s latest report

10 Feb 2017

On 8 February, the New Schools Network launched its Report; The Two Cultures: Do schools have to choose between the EBacc and the arts?

The Report has been championed by Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School and Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, who both spoke at the launch at the National Portrait Gallery in London’s West End.

One Dance UK is pleased to see the case being made for arts subjects supporting young people’s overall attainment and indeed the acknowledgement that “the arts are hugely valuable in and of themselves.” We also believe in the value of the arts and specifically dance in helping to ensure children and young people have rich, informative and inspiring education.

We see the need to persuade head teachers and governors to continue to offer a full suite of arts qualifications at Key Stage 4, including Dance, and statistics only take us so far in that debate. However, our own data sources do not support the view that arts subjects have not suffered since the EBacc was first introduced. GCSE Dance numbers have fallen from 12,592 to 10,762, over the period covered by the NSN report (2012-2016). [Source AQA – the GCSE Dance awarding body].

We strongly echo concerns raised by the report, that both numbers of arts teachers and teaching hours have reduced and would like to see active and vocal intervention by government on this issue.

See also the Cultural Learning Alliance’s response to the Report.