Are the Young Taking the Brunt of the Spending Cuts?


The news for education at all levels over the past few weeks has not been good.

The BBC reported on the 25th October, that public spending on education in the UK is falling at the fastest rate since the 1950s.  Early years, 16-19 provision and higher education are being most severely hit. The Institute of Fiscal Studies warns that  early years support, youth services and 16-to-19 education in England will lose an estimated 20%, but unlike universities, their cuts can not be offset by funding from fees. 5 -16 schooling has largely been protected (a possible political motivation to protect the area of greatest relevance to most voters?). 

The BBC goes on to cite research from the Unite union indicating that a fifth of all youth centres in England and Wales will be closed over the next year.

As a result of the changes that are hitting higher education,  applications to art schools are dropping with a 27% decrease reported by UCAS at this stage of the application process. Although too early to tell what the final picture will look like, these figures do not bode well. An article in The Observer , (30th October) suggests that "if numbers continue to stagnate, there are concerns that some courses, particularly smaller ones such as sculpture, 3D design and the two-year foundation course at Camberwell, might close" The abiding fear is it is those from less well off backgrounds who will be most easily deterred by fee levels.

Finally the number of places available for teachers wishing to train as secondary school art and design teachers has fallen for the second year running from 320 to 275 as compared with c 600 places 2009/10. Art and design PGCE courses at Roehampton, Greenwich and Chester closed last year and more may follow.


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