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GCSE Stats: What’s the real picture for the arts in schools?

There has been a lot of discussion over the last months about whether or not the uptake of arts GCSEs is on the decline in schools.

Posted: 08/09/2015

 At their speech to the Creative Industries Federation on 17 July, Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education and Nick Gibb, Minister for Schools, said that the DfE statistics were encouraging; that the proportion of young people taking one arts subject at GCSE has risen by 1% over the last five years. At the same time, the CLA has been reporting that there has been an decline in total arts GCSE entries of 13% over the same time period, and in the House of Lords in July, Lord Nash claimed that the number of children taking Performing Arts has doubled. Just who can possibly be right?Continued on the Cultural Learning Alliance website   __________________________________________Elsewhere on LEAN website:

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