Increasing arts in the private sector
By contrast, children attending the leading private schools in England have experienced significant growth in the provision of arts and cultural education through a broadening of the curriculum (often termed the co-curriculum). Arts and cultural education are valued beyond the benefits they provide in relation to academic achievement and are an integral part of the curriculum. In these schools, headteachers are able to shape educational provision to the needs of the students (and parents). Here there is an emphasis on the importance of valuing and nurturing all of a student’s abilities and talents.
On a practical level these leading schools have made significant investments in arts facilities. The twenty schools we examined had a total of 33 theatres, ten had dedicated dance studios, 18 had dedicated rehearsal spaces, all had fine art studios, all had provision for concerts and 19 had specialist facilities for specific arts forms such as photography, ceramics, textiles, sculpture, film etc. The Sunday Times reported that private schools had fifty-nine theatres in London compared to the West End’s forty-two.