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The percentage of children taking part in dance, drama, music and art plummeted in England over the 2010s

Arts subjects are in significant decline at both GCSE and A Level

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc), used to assess student attainment at 16, excludes arts subjects entirely

We are deeply concerned by the evidence we received around the downgrading of arts subjects in schools, with all the consequent implications for children’s development, wellbeing, experiences, careers and, ultimately, life chances … We remain deeply concerned about the gap between the Government’s reassuring rhetoric and the evidence presented to us of the decline in music provision in state schools, for which the Ebacc is blamed and which affects students from less advantaged socio-economic backgrounds disproportionately.

State schools in England are missing millions of pounds of promised Government funding for arts activities

The Arts Premium was a Conservative manifesto pledge “to fund enriching activities for all pupils”. It was due in September 2021, but schools are still waiting for the funding to arrive.