I was talking to a very gifted secondary school music teacher and a talented young actor this afternoon about their prospects for work. Clearly, cuts in secondary education will hit the creative arts curriculum hard, with teachers not being replaced when they retire and posts being slashed. The knock on effect on the confidence-building and socialisation that these subjects give young people are incalculable, but I fear for generations of them, for they might not have the opportunities or the joy that such learning brings. With two artistically gifted children in the final stages of secondary education, this is something close to home.
Are there other ways that the deficit might be met, other than massive cuts? Here are some suggestions: