To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received seeking greater protection and encouragement of drama, music, art and design within the core in the national curriculum as currently proposed.
Under the Government's proposals in the Education Reform Bill, art and music are foundation subjects within the national curriculum. They will therefore form part of the curriculum for all pupils of compulsory school age in maintained schools. We have received a number of representations stressing the importance of drama and design and asking that they be included in the national curriculum. We have also received a number of suggestions that the expressive arts subjects should all be included in the national curriculum through the means of integrated arts courses.