Big names call for arts education to be preserved
A string of big names from the arts world are urging the government to ensure cultural learning is not stripped from schools in England.
Former film-maker Lord Puttnam, Old Vic director Kevin Spacey and Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota have signed a report showcasing the value of arts education.
They fear changes to the curriculum could see arts subjects sidelined.
The government said its reforms would not stop schools teaching the arts.
The report from the pressure group Cultural Learning Alliance, entitled Imagine Nation, The Case for Cultural Learning, argues that arts and heritage have the power to transform young people's lives.
It cites evidence that poor children who study arts are more likely to go to university and that participating in structured arts improves learning.
Read more ... (BBC News - 4 November)