Making the Grades

Recently there has been a report published where the Chief Inspector of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman has claimed that ‘Arts courses promote unrealistic prospects for young people’.

When I first read this, like many people I was up in arms but when as you look deeper into the claim, based on how hard the industry is to get into maybe there is some truth to it.

Sure the subject give inter transferable life skills like confidence, social skills and tools for exploring ideas which can all be used regardless of what industry you end up in, but what about if youngsters want to get into the arts industry? Are the education standards high enough?

The more I think about this and read more articles online about the subject being removed from Bacc the more I begin the question how anyone could take the arts so seriously when the early education standards are so low.

On top of that, it has recently been claimed that artists are turning down work in the regionals in the hope of making their big break in to the West End.

But here’s the reality of it all. Education is something that is needed to put us on the first rug of any industry that we wish to pursue. But education must be fit for purpose, it must keep up with the standards that are required for its industry. It should be able to give you further opportunities to better your game and put you in competition with others.

But most of the education outside of the classroom experience can only be found in the taking of opportunities. We all desire to be worth a lot more than we actually are, but the only way we can reach that worth is by practising by taking every opportunity that is presented.

With all this done there is still something far more important to be done, as we know everything happens in circles and to complete the art industry’s circle like any other industry the lessons learn must be shared, not just with peers but with the next generation.

So the education of the arts may not be up to scratch, but whose fault is that? How can the standards be raised, but above all who us responsible for ensure the next generation get to the top?