The continuing decline of the arts in England’s schools was evidenced by last week’s A level and AS level results.
Figures released by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) show a 2% drop in the number of students completing A levels in creative, artistic and technical subjects in 2016/17 compared with the previous year.
Following Government reform of AS levels – the qualification immediately succeeding the GCSE – the number of students sitting arts and creative AS levels has fallen even more dramatically, with entries into four subjects, including drama and music, falling by over 50%.
Art and design subjects were the only creative subjects to see an increase in the number of students taking them at A level (up 1.3%), while the most severely affected were music (down 9.4%), performing and expressive arts (down 13.5%) and media/film/TV studies (dow 4.2%).
The changes to the number of students sitting A levels in arts and creative subjects in England are as follows:
- Art and design subjects: up +1.3% to 40,470
- Design and technology: down -0.05% to 10,657
- Drama: down -4.1% to 10,751
- Media / film / TV studies: down -4.2% to 24,450
- Music: down -9.4% to 5,610
- Performing and expressive arts: down -13.5% to 1,744