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Three quarters of parents would prefer their kids to study maths over the arts, research suggests

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Three quarters of parents value academic subjects including maths and English over creative ones such as music, art and design, a new survey has suggested.

One thousand parents with children under 18 were polled about their attitudes towards subjects at school and university by Escape Studios, a London-based higher education provider for visual effects and animation.

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Parents chose maths (67%), English (62%) and computing (54%) as the most important subjects to study at school, whereas less than 20% opted for crafts, music or arts and design.

When asked which degrees would be most valuable from a lifelong career perspective, the top three choices were computing (13%), medicine (12%) and engineering (11%). The arts ranked last at 2%.

Almost half of parents said they would try to influence the degree their teenager chose to study at university, the research revealed.

Ian Palmer, director of Escape Studios, said: “The creative industries continue to grow at a substantial rate. Despite this, not enough parents are aware of the opportunities available to their children within this sector.”

The survey follows widespread criticism of cutbacks to creative subjects in secondary school education from figures including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Benedict Cumberbatch and Lenny Henry.

It is claimed that the government’s flagship education policy, the English Baccalaureate, is contributing to the erosion of arts subjects at GCSE level, with core subjects such as maths, English and science being given preference.

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