Misleading analysis underpins report finding arts GCSEs unaffected by EBacc

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24 Mar 2017

During a period when the number of entries for arts GCSEs rose by 2%, entries for non-arts GCSEs rose by 15.7%.

‘Durham Commission’ to assess young people, creativity and education

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28 Mar 2017

The Arts Council collaboration with Durham University will produce a report in Spring 2019, which will also consider arts in the curriculum and the role of the EBacc.

Getting teenagers singing

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21 Mar 2017

60 young people in Cambridgeshire stay behind after school every week to sing, compose music and play instruments. Lin Hetherington tells the story.

Arts leaders urge Prime Minister to drop “damaging” EBacc

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15 Mar 2017

Simon Rattle and Maria Balshaw are among the signatories to a letter highlighting a continued drop in teacher numbers and hours dedicated to creative subjects.

Our horrible histories

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15 Mar 2017

Should museums shy away from talking about torture, sexuality and death with children? Sacha Coward explains why he thinks no topic should be off limits. 

Online music lessons an effective way of reaching rural pupils

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09 Mar 2017

Music Hubs could save an average of 476 hours driving a week by switching to online teaching, research suggests.

How to… get young people interested in the arts

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06 Mar 2017

Forget talk about millenials and generation Y – what does a teenager think is the best way to engage young people in the arts? Tia Duff offers her advice.

New guidance on inclusive approaches to music education

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03 Mar 2017

A new guide is aiming to increase opportunities for disabled children and young people to participate in music-making.

£1m kick-starts National Endowment for Music in Wales

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17 Feb 2017

The Welsh Government fund aims to start helping young people develop their musical talents by 2020.

ACE unveils details of ‘transformative’ 25-year Creative Talent Plan

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17 Feb 2017

Leicester’s De Montfort University is to collaborate with Arts Council England on a pilot programme and a three-year trial.

Reaching out to young people

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02 Feb 2017

Aside from pockets of innovative practice, many arts organisations are at a loss as to how to engage young people, who behave and think quite differently to older marketers and programmers. Lucie Fitton offers an insight into their world.

Touring Scottish classrooms

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30 Jan 2017

Every child in Scotland will see a performing arts production in their school each year if the National Theatre of Scotland’s plans go ahead. Lucy Mason reviews the first year of a trailblazing new pilot.

‘Make music education part of school inspections’, Welsh committee told

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27 Jan 2017

Constrained local authority funding stops talented children progressing and Wales should consider delivering music services centrally, arts leaders have said.

£2.5m cultural learning fund overlooks key research

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19 Jan 2017

Research justifying the new fund failed to include the biggest and longest running arts education intervention in the world.

How to… get boys dancing

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19 Jan 2017

How do you get a room full of sniggering teenage boys enthusiastic about dance? Helen Ganberg says it’s not easy, but experience shows it is possible.

Arts and health collaborate on £600k scheme for young people

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18 Jan 2017

The new programme is the second collaboration between the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Public Health Agency.

Theatre working culture disadvantages parents and carers, report says

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13 Jan 2017

Women are disproportionately burdened with caring responsibilities, which limit income and opportunities for both employed and self-employed professionals.

A day at an exhibition

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12 Jan 2017

On Takeover Day a group of sixth-form students took responsibility for running an exhibition at London’s Guildhall Art Gallery. Katherine Pearce describes the day.

Learning to dance

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05 Jan 2017

As a growing number of children are being home-educated, Christopher Connolly explains how Dance Manchester is reaching out to this community.

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