Facts About Arts in Education [Infographic]

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Arts in education are often underfunded, in spite of how vital they are for childhood development.

The UK government has planned to invest a total of £496 million over 2016-2020 to provide students with resources to develop their artistic skills.

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Arts are part of the human experience from the moment we develop motor skills. Children use art as a way to communicate and gain important lifelong skills. Art subjects are severely underfunded but money alone isn’t enough!

Arts in Education

  • Art and Design
  • Dance
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • Media/Film/TV Studies
  • Music
  • Performing/Expressive Arts


  • 35% decrease in arts GCSE* entries in England (2010-2018)
  • 17% decrease in art hours taught in secondary schools since 2010
  • 16% decrease in number of art teachers

What’s Next?

£496 million in total are being applied over 2016-2020 to current programmes, with £96 million to be applied between 2018-2020:

  • £90 million for Dance and Drama Awards (DaDa) and Music and Dance Scheme (MDS)
  • £2.4 million for the Museums and Schools programme
  • £1.23 million to connect arts and cultural experiences for young people, children, schools, and communities
  • £2.5 million for international cultural visits
  • £1 million for In Harmony to support significantly disadvantaged communities, with Arts Council England providing £900,000
  • £400,000 to complement £500,000 from Arts Council England, providing 30 performers aged 16-19 years old with intensive training (National Youth Dance Company)
  • £260,000 alongside £700,000 from Arts Council England for young people aged 13-16 (National Art & Design Standard Clubs)

Benefits of Arts

Arts in education provide young people with a wide range of skills.

  • Confidence
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Tolerance
  • Resilience
  • Empathy
  • Physical Development
  • Wellbeing
  • Cognitive Ability
  • Reduced Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
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