The number of children doing arts subjects such as drama, art and music is falling year by year. This is a concerning matter as the future of many schools could be very different and not in a good way. And this is not only affecting arts - according to the teaching unions, 64% of secondary school staff said there had been a reduction in vocational subjects in their schools.
Arts subjects deserve to be taken more seriously, and not be cut from schools. Here are three good reasons why:
Arts subjects are important for building many skills
Students can learn confidence, team working, problem-solving, and many more life-changing skills that can be taken through to adulthood.
Politicians support the arts
Major parties like Labour and the Conservatives believe there is hope for the arts and believe they should continue to be funded as part of the education system.
Arts teachers’ jobs are in jeopardy
The 2015 Warwick Commission reported that the number of arts teachers in schools has fallen by 11% since 2010, these jobs are being taken because many schools feel that they can no longer support the arts within their budgets, prioritising core subjects.
There is a simple solution for this: more schools being given more money to teach about the importance of arts. If we can stop people from seeing arts as useless and an unnecessary addition to the budget, maybe the arts will be taken more seriously. After all, arts represent 5% of the British economy. I feel this is important because I myself have experienced systems where students are made to feel that arts are not as useful as other subjects. This should be changed for the better.