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Entries to arts subjects at school are at their lowest for a decade—why?

The key is something called “Progress 8”

By Rebecca Johnes  

The position of arts subjects in England’s schools has been heavily debated in recent years. Arts sector organisations and teaching unions have argued that changes to school performance tables and pressures on school funding have been causing a decline in take-up of arts subjects; these claims have been rejected by the Department for Education.

New research from the Education Policy Institute, published last week, is intended to provide clarity to this debate. It is based on statistical analysis of pupil exam entries over the past ten years, and supplemented by…

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