'Attract boys to art'

18th December 1998 at 00:00
ART and design, one of the trouble spots of Higher Still, must be made more attractive to boys, HMI has urged.

In the latest report in its effective learning and teaching series on secondary subjects, the inspectorate points out that over 60 per cent of pupils sitting both Standard grade and Higher exams are girls. They also get more of the top awards.

Drawing on inspections of over 200 art and design departments since 1983, the report criticises curriculum and timetabling arrangements which do not support good teaching in fifth and sixth year, such as limited option choices.

A similar report on music, based on inspections of more than 150 departments since 1986, stresses the importance of ``music for all'' as a means of motivating pupils. Both reports criticise sluggish progress in first and second year and urge better links with primaries.

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