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"Arts Education should not be a luxury."

"Arts Education should not be a luxury."

Julie Hesmondhalgh, the actor and campaigner, has accused policymakers of conspiring to limit access to arts and culture for British children.

Reacting to a report into school provision, Hesmondhalgh told the Observer she was dismayed that arts education was now seen as a luxury. “The idea it is not career-oriented is so wrong. And anyway, what happened to the idea of learning for learning’s sake? It is so depressing.”

The Durham Commission on Creativity and Education has called for the arts to be woven through the learning process and no longer regarded as a specialism. The report condemned a growing inequality of provision that results in the “neglect and exclusion” of youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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