Labour: Fewer pupils take part in arts activities

Fewer pupils are participating in after-school artistic activities compared to before the general election, a new Labour analysis of official figures claims.

The numbers of pupils taking part in artistic activities have fallen by a third Labour said. Credit: Reuters

The numbers of primary pupils taking part in artistic activities have fallen by a third, Labour said.

Labour claims the figures show a widening gap between the participation of white children and those from black and ethnic minority backgrounds in after-school music, drama and dance classes.

Shadow culture secretary Harriet Harman said blame for the fall in cultural participation should be placed "fairly and squarely" at the door of the government, accusing former education secretary Michael Gove of "devaluing creativity" in schools.