Arts: Primary Education

Department for Education written question – answered on 12th February 2019.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 17 January (HL Deb, col 322), what their evidence base is for the assertion that “in primary schools, broadly the same amount of time is spent teaching arts as is spent teaching history and geography”.

Photo of Lord Agnew of Oulton Lord Agnew of Oulton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

At primary school level, data from the Omnibus Survey in 2017 reveals that the average amount of time spent teaching music and art and design is broadly similar to the amount of time spent teaching history and geography. Data from the Omnibus Survey 2017 can be found in the table below. The survey is also attached for information.

Approximately how many minutes of teaching time do you spend in the average week on the following curriculum subjects? All Key Stages Summary table

Minutes spent on curriculum subject-specific lessons

Subject

Median

English

300

Maths

300

Physical Education

90

Science

60

Computing

45

Art and Design

30

History

30

Music

30

Geography

30

Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE)

30

Design and Technology

30

Languages

20

N=469

This question has been filtered to a subset of respondents.

Source: Teacher Voice Omnibus Survey May 2016 and Senior Leader booster June 2016.

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