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Arts Subjects Made Tougher In Exams Revamp
GCSE and A-level arts subjects are to be made tougher in the latest stage of a major reform of the exams system.
Nine GCSE subjects and six A-levels will be reformed, with Education Secretary Michael Gove insisting he wants schools to "nurture creative talent in every child".
In September 2016 new GCSEs in art and design, music, drama, dance, citizenship, computer science, design and technology, PE and religious studies will be introduced.
Improved A-levels in music, drama, dance, design and technology, PE and religious studies will be introduced at the same time.
"I am passionate about great art, drama, dance, music and design, and I am determined to ensure every child enjoys access to the best in our culture," Mr Gove added.
"That is why I am delighted that new high-quality qualifications in creative and cultural subjects will be made available to all students."
Music Education Council chair Richard Hallam welcomed the latest announcement.
He said: "This inclusion sends a renewed message of the educational importance of music and other arts subjects."
The new GCSEs and A-levels are part of a major programme of exam reform that will be phased in from next year.
GCSE grades in England are to be replaced with a numbered system to allow examiners to distinguish between the brightest students.
The new scale will see an extra grade added into a revamped qualifications system from one to nine - with nine being the highest mark available.
In the reforms, students taking A-levels will no longer sit exams after one year, and will instead be tested at the end of their two-year course.
AS-levels will be separated from A-levels and become a separate qualification.