Friday, 30 September 2016
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The ‘radical’ proposals for reform also suggest combining GCSEs, A-levels and technical qualifications into an overarching award for 14-19 year olds.

An alternative baccalaureate which includes space for two creative GCSEs has been proposed by a former Secretary of State for Education as a direct challenge to the government’s contentious English Baccalaureate (EBacc). Lord Kenneth Baker’s proposals would introduce a creative GCSE option choice, including music, dance and drama, and a choice between a design and technology GCSE or an approved... read more
Friday, 30 September 2016

The Creative People and Places scheme should prompt new thinking about the role of communities in delivering arts programmes in areas of least engagement, according to a new study.

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A new report examining the meaning of ‘excellence’ in the context of Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places (CPP) programme has found that one of the most important legacies of the scheme will be the way it stimulates discussion around arts practice in different areas, identifying what... read more
Friday, 30 September 2016

AHRC research has found that universities can help improve productivity in the creative economy by enabling knowledge exchange with creative organisations.

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‘Creative hub’ partnerships involving academic institutions and the creative sector can serve as a challenge to the ‘business as usual thinking’ in creative enterprises, according to a new report examining the outcomes of a four-year project to develop new models, methods and approaches to creative... read more
Friday, 30 September 2016

More arts organisations are participating in the award scheme, which research shows is nurturing soft skills and fostering an ‘entrepreneurial spirit’ in the young people who take it.

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The proportion of young people taking their Arts Award qualifications inside an arts or cultural organisation has increased by 12% over the past four years, according to a new report about the scheme. Almost a third of all awards have been taken in arts and cultural settings since 2012 – up from 18... read more
Friday, 30 September 2016

Creative Scotland is to gather evidence on individuals’ occupation, employment status and career progression across the country.

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A survey to measure under-representation across the arts has been launched by Creative Scotland. The research will be used to “help shape future strategic priorities”. The questionnaire will gather information on age, gender, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation, and ask people working in... read more
Friday, 23 September 2016

The Director of Tate galleries and future Chair of Arts Council England has reacted with disbelief at ACE plans to use Quality Metrics to measure artistic quality.

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The incoming Chairman of Arts Council England (ACE) has reacted with disbelief at news of ACE’s plans to roll out its controversial Quality Metrics pilot. Forty minutes into an interview for the programme Tate Modern: The Reunion on BBC Radio 4 this morning, Tate boss Sir Nicholas Serota responded... read more
Friday, 23 September 2016

Ten of Northern Ireland’s eleven councils can apply for up to £150k if they commit to the same amount in additional expenditure on culture.

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Local authorities in Northern Ireland are being offered match funding worth up to £150k to boost their arts and cultural programming. The Local Government Challenge Fund for 2016-17 has been set up with Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) Lottery funding. To be eligible to apply, councils must... read more
Friday, 23 September 2016

The re-opening of the Ferens Art Gallery and an interactive musical installation on the Humber Bridge have been announced as part of the celebrations.

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Hull City of Culture 2017 is a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to put Hull on the national and international map, according to the celebration’s organisers. £32m has been raised to deliver the programme, with contributions from a range of partners including Hull City Council, Arts Council England... read more
Friday, 23 September 2016

A new guide aims to equip governors with the knowledge to champion dance in schools and raise key questions about its place in the curriculum.

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A practical guide to help school Governors and Trustees become “key advocates” in promoting high quality dance in their school has been released by One Dance UK, in partnership with Arts Council England (ACE) and the National Governors Association. The guide stresses the holistic benefits of the... read more