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Decline of arts subjects having effect on science and medicine too.

Decline of arts subjects having effect on science and medicine too.

The decline of arts subjects in schools is not only impacting the creative industries, but is also having a damaging effect on sectors such as science and medicine, an education charity has warned.

Experts are claiming that some science students lack the “tactile general knowledge” that can be gained from creative learning, despite exhibiting high exam grades.

Education charity the Edge Foundation has published a report claiming the narrow academic curriculum offered by the government’s English Baccalaureate is “not fit for purpose to tackle a 21st-century economy”.

The charity’s chief executive, Alice Barnard, said the government was simply “paying lip service” to the importance of the arts but contracting this with policy.

“Creative subjects matter less under Progress 8 [accountability] measures. The relentless focus on performance tables makes teachers feel compelled to ‘teach to the test’… It is not just the creative industries expressing concern about having a talent pipeline for the future, but employers across all sectors and industries,” she said.

The report calls for dramatic changes to the national curriculum and demands that creativity should be at the heart of all learning if the UK is to prosper.

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