Imagine you’re 16 years old and in love with every aspect of performing. Next, imagine finding out your school is cutting its arts budget and your love of performing will no longer have an educational outlet. Where do you go? Who do you talk to? Can the decision be changed?
This is becoming a reality for an increasing number of students around the UK.
Drama was first introduced into experimental schools shortly after the end of World War I. And 1949 saw a booklet published by the Ministry of Education, specifically outlining the arts as being as important to a child’s education as every other subject. But now, nearly 70 years later, some higher powers fail to see just how beneficial the arts can be for children and young people.
By the end of 2016, it was revealed that the number of school age students taking an arts subject had fallen from 49.6% in 2015, to 47.9%.
But is this something that is happening because students no longer have as great an interest in the arts? Or is it to do with fewer schools offering and supporting the subjects?
Losing The Arts is an investigative documentary which looks at the issues and topics surrounding losing Performing Arts and Drama from UK schools in today’s world. Listen here: