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Creative arts subjects are being cut back in many secondary schools in England, a BBC survey suggests.
More than 1,200 schools provided information - over 40% of secondary schools.
Of the schools that responded, nine in every 10 said they had cut back on lesson time, staff or facilities in at least one creative arts subject.
The government says increasing teaching of academic subjects is a priority - though not at the expense of arts.
However, schools told the BBC that the increased emphasis on core academic subjects, together with funding pressures, were the most common reasons for cutting back on resources for creative subjects.
The data provides an up-to-date snapshot of decisions being made in secondary schools.
The findings suggest music, art and drama, as well as design and technology are all being squeezed.
Of the schools responding, four in 10 were spending less money on facilities, more than three out of 10 had reduced timetabled lessons, and some reported having fewer specialist staff.
In both art and music, one out of 10 schools said it was increasingly relying on voluntary donations by parents.
Extra-curricular clubs were also being cut back in a similar proportion of schools responding.
Jez Bennett, a musician and head teacher of Elizabeth Woodville school, in Northamptonshire, said: "I've had to make some decisions about whether I can afford to run certain classes, and I know that there are schools that have cut GCSEs in art, music, drama, photography."
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6 Students from Warwick and Rugby discovered their Performing Arts skills on a holiday course run by County Music Performing Arts specialist Amie Boyd.
Hosted by Rugby Art Gallery and Museum the course entitled ‘Who We Are’ gave the young artists the opportunity to create from scratch their own performance work performed to an appreciate audience at the end of the four day course.
Course Director Amie Boyd said that; ‘the students really appreciated meeting new people, learning about the arts and actually creating their own music and performance. County Music area manager Jeremy Dibb added; ‘This is the first holiday course of its kind run by County Music. The students have obviously got a great deal from it and we look forward to offering more like it in the future’.