A message from DanceHE Chair Fiona Bannon

This is worth reading , I am sure there will be more to follow…..

From the Education Secretary- Nicky Morgan

Teenagers should steer away from the arts and humanities and opt for science
or maths subjects if they want to access the widest range of jobs, Education
Secretary Nicky Morgan has said.

In previous decades students would only study maths or science if they
wanted to follow a specific career such as medicine, pharmacy or
engineering, but Ms Morgan said that now “couldn’t be further from the

Speaking at the launch of the “Your Life” campaign which has set itself a
target of aiming for a 50 per cent increase in the number of teenagers
opting for maths and physics within the next three years, she said: “If you
wanted to do something, or even if you didn’t know what you wanted to do,
then the arts and humanities were what you chose because they were useful
for all kinds of jobs.

“Of course, we know now that couldn’t be further from the truth – that the subjects that keep young people’s options open and unlock the door to all sorts of careers are the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths),” she added.

Ms Morgan’s comment provoked an outcry amongst teachers’ leaders and
supporters of the humanities, who said job prospects for those studying
these subjects were good. Christine Blower, general secretary of the
National Union of Teachers, said: “Downgrading the arts is the wrong

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Fiona, Chair of DanceHE