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David Puttnam

Headteachers shun art in their schools due to worry about exam table rankings

Headteachers shun art in their schools due to worry about exam table rankings

29 April, 2015

Lord PuttnamToo many “bad” heads are shunning the arts in their schools because they are worried about their exam league table rankings, according to Oscar-winning film producer David Puttnam.

Lord Puttnam, a former education adviser to the Blair government, wants education standards watchdog Ofsted to place more weight on arts provision during school inspections.

“I know it doesn’t at the moment,” he said in an interview withThe Independent. “ It might just be a footnote to a report: the arts provision is excellent.

“Really, a school ought to be awarded outstanding status if it has excellent performance in the arts and is just achieving decent results in other areas.”

Lord Puttnam added:  “For good or ill, arts provision in schools really relies on the ambition of individual headteachers.

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