State of Education survey report 2016 - Page 34

How do school leaders feel about the balance of the curriculum? In your opinion, which, if any, of the subjects below is there not enough focus on in schools? We asked school leaders which subjects, if any, they think receive too little focus in schools. While nearly a third (32%) believe that all subjects have enough focus, a similar proportion (31%) think that personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education isn’t given enough attention. Primary (Top 10 subjects) More than a quarter of school leaders think that art and design (29%), music (27%) and drama (27%) are neglected subjects. Although this view is held more widely among primary school leaders than those in secondary schools, it aligns with wider concerns voiced by the profession over the lack of creative subjects in the English Baccalaureate5. At the secondary phase, nearly a third (31%) of school leaders think there’s not enough focus on sex and relationship education (SRE) and only slightly fewer (29%) say there’s too little focus on PSHE. It’s likely, then, that many school leaders are unhappy with the government’s recent decision against making PSHE and SRE compulsory. Almost one in five (18%) secondary school leaders think there’s too little focus on PE/sport, and 13% of primary leaders agree. School leaders in primary settings, however, are more likely to think that art and design doesn’t have enough focus in schools – almost a third (32%) say this, in comparison to fewer than one in five (18%) leaders in secondary settings. Despite science being a core subject, 13% of primary school leaders think it doesn’t have enough focus. TES - 5 State of Education Survey 2016 | 32% Art and design 30% Personal, social, health and economic education Music 29% Drama 29% 21% Design and technology Citizenship 17% Sex and relationship education 17% Sport/physical education 13% Science 13% Secondary (Top 10 subjects) 31% Sex and relationship education N/A – all have enough focus 29% Personal, social, health and economic education 29% 22% Music 21% Drama Sport/physical education 18% Art and design 18% Design and technology 13% Citizenship 13% Computing 34 33% N/A – all have enough focus 8% Find further comment at