Secondary Schools: Arts Subjects Debate

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Secondary Schools: Arts Subjects

Baroness Bakewell Excerpts
Monday 7th June 2021

(4 months, 2 weeks ago)

Lords Chamber

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Baroness Berridge Portrait Baroness Berridge (Con)
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My Lords, the Government have had to make some difficult fiscal decisions on the arts premium. As noble Lords are aware, we have no money for free schools this year. That, along with the arts premium, will be in the spending review in the autumn. The Office for Students has just consulted on the request to reprioritise the strategic priorities grant and, as the noble Earl is aware, an extra £10 million will be made available for specialist providers, which includes drama and arts institutions.

Baroness Bakewell Portrait Baroness Bakewell (Lab) [V]
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My Lords, research shows that creative activity, at all levels of education, promotes original thinking across the sciences. Will the Minister take this research on board to press for further positive support for the arts, in this important link?

Baroness Berridge Portrait Baroness Berridge (Con)
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My Lords, the Government have made clear in all the guidance that we have issued to schools that they should be delivering that balanced curriculum, which includes the arts and cultural activities. We recognise not just the innovative thinking that comes from cultural activities, but the pupil well-being that is often related.