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Poll: Does it concern you that a third of secondary school students do not know who Shakespeare is?

John Taylor's portrait of William Shakespeare
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Last week, 30% of British secondary school pupils responding to a poll said they did not know that William Shakespeare was a playwright when asked to select writers from a list of names.

The same study found that nearly half of the 1,000 children surveyed had never been taken to the theatre on a school trip, and was condemned as providing a “shocking” insight into the impact of declining arts education.

This week we’re asking: Does it concern you that a third of secondary school students do not know who Shakespeare is?


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