Does arts education exclude children with SEND needs?

Published Wednesday 16th, May 2018

An interesting piece has been published in Schools Week, examining how the arts and cultural provision are increasingly being pushed outside the curriculum, despite increased funding for arts education in the UK.

Last month the Department for Education announced £96 million to support access to the arts (including places at arts schools) for school-aged children with talent in drama, music and dance. It also announced the £23 million Future Talent Fund for “bright and talented” disadvantaged pupils, which can be spent on after-school classes, extracurricular activities and visits, among other things.

Writer Anita Kerwin-Nye argues that this excludes many children with SEND needs, for whom after school activities can be problematic or impossible. Transport, costs, exhaustion at the length of the school day are all regularly given as reasons why children with SEND can’t attend after-school clubs. With reduced budgets, schools are increasingly considering how they can continue to release the support staff required to provide inclusive trips to museums and theatres.

Click here to read the article in full.