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New guidance for schools has been published by the DfE.

Harriet Clifford

‘Pupils should continue to have access to a quality arts education’, says DfE

5:59, 7th January 2021

The Department for Education (DfE) has today published guidance for education provision during the third national lockdown, stating that arts subjects should continue to be offered to a high standard. 

Entitled Restricting attendance during the national lockdown: schools, the report offers guidance for all schools in England, including subject-specific information, and replaces the previous Guidance for full opening

On page 42 of the 61 page report, it reads, ‘Pupils should continue to have access to a quality arts education. Music, dance and drama build confidence and help children live happier, more enriched lives, and discover the joy of expressing themselves.’

The report adds that in teaching these subjects, schools should ensure that ‘all safeguards are in place to reduce the risk of infection in environments where singing, chanting, playing wind or brass instruments, dance and drama takes place.’ 

Additionally, the document confirms that peripatetic music teachers can continue to attend schools, including staff from music hubs, but that schools should ‘consider how to minimise the number of visitors where possible.’ 

More generally, teachers are facing mounting pressure after Gavin Williamson told MPs yesterday that parents should report teachers to Ofsted if they are not satisfied with the remote learning provided.

The DfE’s guidance states: ‘If parents feel their children’s school is not providing remote education of a suitable quantity and quality, they are encouraged to in the first instance raise their concerns with the teacher or headteacher and, if the concerns are not resolved, to report the matter to Ofsted.’

Read the full report here

A round up of the guidance for schools in general can be found in this Schools Week article.

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