I’m currently researching barriers preventing young people from accessing creative and performing arts education at higher education level, as well as where and when these barriers are most prominent. Whilst no one could dispute that there is a lot of exceptional work happening in secondary schools, some teachers that I’ve recently spoken with feel limited by our curriculum, or frustrated at a perceived lack of support for their school’s hierarchical superiors. Results of the below survey will be used to aid my research into this particular field, however participants will of course remain completely anonymous. I would be exceptionally grateful if those of you working as teachers of either music, dance, drama or art could take the time from your day to answer the below questions, and if you have any pearls of wisdom, specific concerns or success stories then I would also be delighted to hear them in the comments.
Thank you in advance for your time,
1) What subject do you teach?
2) Do you feel your subject is valued equally to others in our current curriculum?
3) How much time do you spend with your assessed student groups each week (those studying for their A Levels/ GCSE’s/ National 5’s etc)?
4) Roughly what percentage of your assessed sessions are practical based and theory based?
5) Do you find that your students are able to engage effectively in both practical and theory based areas of your specialist subject?
6) Are you aware of how many assessed learners are in receipt of free school meals?
7) Do you believe that students who attend extracurricular classes or activities in your specialist subject are at an advantage? I.e. Do those who attend stage schools or instrumental lessons achieve more highly than their peers who do not?
8) Are you aware of any organisations, grants, funding streams or bursaries that would support students to access extracurricular activities?
9) What percentage (roughly) of your learners progress into higher education in your subject area?
10) Do you have any other comments or concerns?