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Why shouldn’t your local school be a museum?

Steve Johnson from Pexels

Moving classes into an artistic setting is good for pupils, teachers and the institutions. It could also safeguard our cultural heritage.

One of the most hotly debated cultural topics over the past five years has been the place of the arts in formal education.

The warnings of the cultural sector, that curriculum changes and the EBacc (a selection of GCSE subjects that excludes the arts) would impact on the take-up of these subjects, are being proved correct.

There has been a 21% drop in arts GCSEs taken in 2016, compared with 2010. And the decision last month to scrap A-level art history is just the latest example of a worrying political message: that in terms of education, art doesn’t count.

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