Children's engagement in the arts in England 2008-2017, by age

This statistic presents the share of children who engaged in the arts in the last year in England, according to annual surveys conducted between 2008/09 and 2016/17. Arts engagement refers to attending and/or participating in the arts sector, such as playing a musical instrument or taking part in arts and crafts activities. Over this period, childrens' level of involvement in the arts has remained fairly stable, with almost all children having participated at least once in the year prior to being surveyed. In 2016/17, 96.9 percent of the children in the 5-10 age group had participated at least once.

Share of children who engaged in the arts in the last year in England from 2008/09 to 2016/17, by age

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Release date

September 2017


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

2008/09 to 2016/17**

Number of respondents


Age group

5-15 years

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

2016/17 survey: 5-10 year olds: n= 967; 10-15 year olds: n=638.
2015/16 survey conducted between April 2015 and March 2016: n= 1096 5-10 year olds, n=684 11-15 year olds.
2014/15 survey: 5-10 year olds: n= 1,104; 10-15 year olds: n=721.
2013/14 survey: 5-10 year olds: n= 1233; 10-15 year olds n=786.
2012/13: 5-10 year olds: n= 1136; 10-15 year olds n=801.
2011/12: 5-10 year olds: n= 1040; 10-15 year olds n=771.
2010/11: 5-10 year olds: n= 1590; 10-15 year olds n=1116.
2009/10: 5-10 year olds: n= 1809; 10-15 year olds n=1350.
2008/09: 5-10 year olds: n= 1476; 10-15 year olds n=1146.

** Survey periods run April to March.

The source provides the following additional information: "Data for 5-10 year olds relates to out of school activities only. Data for 11-15 years olds relates to activities undertaken both in and out of school."

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