Reviews the importance of arts education in primary schools, presents new research on current provision and makes policy recommendations for improvements. Using primary research methods, finds that there has been a sharp decline in the quality and quantity of arts education in primary schools in England since 2010. Reasons for decline include skills of teachers, available resources, and lack of whole school support. Articulates arguments for importance of arts education at this age. Policy recommendations include a revival of New Labour’s creative partnership programme, increased funding for arts in schools, and greater priority for the arts in the curriculum.

Ben Cooper
Fabian Society
11 January 2019
Primary Colours