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The brand new syllabus will embrace work ‘by women and men of all colors and creeds’

Campaigners for artwork historical past A-level say they’re “completely thrilled” by a late determination to avoid wasting the topic, which was set to be discontinued.

Examination board Pearson has confirmed plans to develop a brand new historical past of artwork A-level for instructing from subsequent September.

October’s determination by the AQA board to drop the topic provoked an outcry from specialists who argued “society had by no means required its insights extra”.

“It is superb – nearly within the nick of time,” stated trainer Sarah Phillips.

Ms Phillips, from state sixth kind Godalming School, developed the brand new syllabus with AQA and added: “Now we have to get the message out to Yr 11 college students as quickly as potential.”

Topic to approval by Ofqual, Ms Phillips says she expects Pearson to construct on her work which has been made obtainable to the Division for Training by AQA.

“It’s a international specification. College students will not simply examine the work of lifeless white males,” she stated. “They are going to have the chance to check Islamic structure and work by women and men of all colors and creeds. The help has been overwhelming,” she added.

In October, high specialists signed an open letter to AQA condemning the choice to not provide the A-level to new college students after this 12 months.

AQA was the final board to supply the topic and the choice represented “a significant loss for college kids”, they argued.

On the time AQA stated the change “was not about cash or whether or not historical past of artwork deserves a spot within the curriculum”, however stated that it feared the brand new qualification was so wide-ranging that correct marking can be not possible.

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AQA feared the large vary of the brand new syllabus would make correct marking troublesome

Pearson, which additionally introduced plans to tackle AS and A-levels in statistics, additionally dropped by AQA, stated awarding organisations, authorities and colleges ought to work collectively within the pursuits of scholars to safe the way forward for vital .

“The response from the general public, from lecturers and from younger individuals reveals many individuals have an actual ardour for these topics. We’re completely happy to assist ensure they continue to be obtainable,” stated the corporate’s president, Rod Bristow.

The transfer was welcomed by main lecturers and museum administrators in addition to by Turner Prize winners Anish Kapoor, Cornelia Parker and Jeremy Deller.

Mr Kapoor stated it was “an enormous aid” whereas Mr Deller referred to as it “a very good day for artwork and tradition” and added: “Artwork historical past is the examine of energy, politics, identification and humanity, it makes excellent sense to maintain the examination.”

Ms Parker stated she had studied artwork historical past “as a working-class lady, receiving free college dinners… It has vastly enriched my life”.