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Last Updated: Monday June 27 2005 13:17 GMT

Schools 'miss creative writing'

Poet Laureate Andrew Motion
Not enough time is being spent on creative writing in secondary schools, says one of the country's top poets.

Andrew Motion, the poet laureate, said he was "bitterly disappointed" at the amount of time spent on poetry and creative writing in schools.

It's his job to write poems for big occasions. He said time should be set aside to give children the chance to be creative and find out about poetry.

The government said creativity was a big part of the school curriculum.

Motion said he thought primary schools had the balance right, but creative writing had disappeared "almost entirely" in lessons as children approached their GCSEs.

He also criticised the government for rejecting the recommendations of a recent report by a former chief schools inspector.

He said the report had provided a "magical opportunity to rescue poetry".

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