The Facts

There are pages and pages of facts and statistics about the changes in teaching and funding within the arts. Here are just a couple of the main ones I have picked out as the most important and shocking.

Between 2003 and 2013 there was a 23% drop in students taking Drama for GCSE in the UK. And this year there has been a further 4%.
According to exam regulator Ofqual, 68,250 students are taking Drama currently, which might sound like a lot, but it is 2,730 fewer students than last year. And another 695 less on the year before.

On top of this, it has been revealed this month that the number of students taking at least one arts subject at GCSE and AS level has dropped in 2016 from 49.6% last year, to 47.9% now.
The arts subjects included in this aren’t just Performing Arts and Drama, also included is Dance, Music, Art and Design and Media Studies.

It is believed that the arts make up 5% of the British economy, yet only 0.3% of public spending goes back into the industry.

In August of this year, it was announced that there was a significant drop in the uptake for Performing Arts at both GCSE and AS level. The number of students taking the subject at GCSE has dropped by 9%, and 15% at AS level.

This had been noted before this year and led to a campaign to save Performing Arts as an option for students to choose. A petition was created and signed by 57,456 people before it closed in August. The Government listened to the decision of these people and agreed to keep the subject in the curriculum for GCSE and A-level.

The number of arts teachers has also dropped by 11% since 2010.


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