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GCSEs: Creative subjects could disappear from state schools

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Aug 22, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    A significant drop in the uptake of design and technology, which follows a general downward trend in creative disciplines, has prompted fears that creativity may disappear from state schools. Candidates dropped by 21.7 percent this year. Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) believes that these subjects could become the preserve of the independent schools if the current trends continue:

    ‘“It’s an expensive subject, and it gets more expensive with fewer children doing it. We’re seeing a decline in it now and it would be a great pity if such an important subject disappears from the state sector.”

    Mr Barton said that while entries in art and design had risen this year, other creative subjects risked being limited to privately educated pupils.

    “If you look at what’s happening to drama, to music and to design technology, they’re in serious decline at the moment.’


    What do you think about the decline in creative subjects? What can be done to make them popular? Given the downward trend in creative subjects in recent years, do you think Geoff Barton is right? Do you teach a creative subject? How do you feel about the current decline?
  2. gainly

    gainly Lead commenter

    I wonder why these are regarded as creative subjects. Maths and science can be very creative, although the way they are taught and examined with the new GCSE's discourages any creativity.
    Jamvic likes this.

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