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Arts: Secondary Education

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL3848, tabled on 8 November 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that their £90 million support-funding pledge for the arts and creative development in secondary schools is met.

Answered on

17 November 2021

The government is committed to high-quality education for all pupils, and integral to this are the arts and music. With the significant disruption and impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on children’s learning and their lives, the department’s priorities have inevitably had to focus on education recovery over the next three years. In this context, creating a stand-alone Arts Premium was not the priority at this Spending Review.

The department is providing schools with a cash increase of £1,500 per pupil by financial year 2024-25 compared to 2019-20, as well as a total of almost £5 billion for education recovery, which will make sure all schools are able to deliver a broad and ambitious curriculum and enrichment activities, including in the arts.

The department will also continue to invest around £115 million per annum in cultural education over the next three years, through our music, arts and heritage programmes, including Music Education Hubs. We will continue to work closely with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and engage with Arts Council England and other stakeholders to ensure we are making the best use of our funding and reach by aligning on priorities for children and young people.