£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.

When the clocks turned back

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05 Jan 2017

A storytelling project that invited young people to challenge the traditional role of libraries culminated in midnight performances viewed by online audiences worldwide. Ju Row Farr describes the fun.

Opening new doors

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01 Dec 2016

Andy Dawson explains how the RSC’s schools programme inspires children through Shakespeare while avoiding a ‘one size fits all’ model.  

Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative develops life and learning skills

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25 Nov 2016

News of the scheme’s holistic benefits follows the announcement of £660k funding to music charities across the country.

Dancing with the stars

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10 Nov 2016

Can you teach astrophysics through dance? Academics and dancers in Manchester have been giving it a go. And tackling gender inequalities to boot, says Deb Ashby.

From fear to fun and learning

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03 Nov 2016

Drama is a highly effective teaching tool in schools, so why don’t teachers use it more, asks Luke Hollowell-Williams.

Breaking down barriers

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17 Oct 2016

Could arts organisations be doing more to help young people at the start of their careers? Sam Jackman and Mary Olszewska feed back on a scheme aiming to do just that in Plymouth.

Education policy is “economic madness” says creative industries body

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10 Oct 2016

The Creative Industries Federation has laid into Government plans to make the EBacc compulsory, demanding an audit of education and training in the UK.

A commitment to young audiences

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22 Sep 2016

Theatre for young audiences has suffered from low status and under-investment, but perceptions of its quality are changing, says Nina Hajiyianni.

A springboard for change in Ukraine

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24 Aug 2016

An international collaboration is helping young people with disabilities in the Ukraine get involved in the performing arts and bringing communities together, writes Sylvia Harrison.

Culture Secretary endorses White Paper goals

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12 Aug 2016

Delivering schemes that close the gap in arts engagement to reach under-represented groups will be the Government’s priority for culture.

Children’s arts participation continues to decline

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29 Jul 2016

A gender gap in children and young people participating in dance, music and drama activities is highlighted in the latest Taking Part figures.

Wales doubles reach of scheme to embed arts in schools

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22 Jul 2016

Turner Prize-winning architects Assemble are one of the ‘Creative Agents’ collaborating with schools in a scheme that aims to reach a third of Welsh schools by 2020.

Behind the curtain: The thrill of starting your own festival

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19 Jul 2016

How did three young people who chose not to go to university end up running one of the most innovative cross-artform festivals in Cambridge? 

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