The arts must be at the heart of Covid recovery

As ministers think about what the framework of the education recovery will look like, it is vital that pupils are able to access a broad, balanced and rich curriculum, says Dr Patrick Roach


As we think about how to recover the “lost learning” of children who have spent a substantial period of their lives out of school, creativity and the arts must be at the core.

In other words, there must be an entitlement for all pupils to well-rounded learning opportunities which incorporate curriculum time for subjects including drama, art, music and design and technology.

It would be retrograde for any recovery programme to frame such entitlements as optional or of lesser status to the so-called “core” subjects.

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic we saw mounting evidence that the creative and arts subjects were being squeezed out of the curriculum.

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