New moves to halt decline of arts in primary schools

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09 Mar 2018

Arts education professionals and politicians met this week as a first step to tackling the structural problems causing the arts to be neglected in many schools. 

Promoting the youth voice

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08 Mar 2018

If your audience includes young people, then they need to be represented on your board. Marcus Davey of the Roundhouse shares his advice for recruiting young trustees.

Young high-flyers on the board

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08 Mar 2018

A Northern Ireland scheme that places young professionals on arts boards benefits the sector and the young people alike. Natalie Cooke reveals what she gained from the experience.

We can’t leave it to chance!

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01 Mar 2018

Mandy Precious considers herself lucky to have discovered the arts, but are the next generation getting the same chances she did?

Uproar as arms dealer sponsors Great Exhibition of the North

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01 Mar 2018

BAE Systems, accused of “profiteering from the deaths of innocent children” in Yemen, is one of the Exhibition’s three ‘Premier Partners’.

No future for Government’s Cultural Citizens programme

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23 Feb 2018

Despite a successful pilot programme in schools, no funding has been confirmed for the arts programme originally announce by David Cameron.

First steps for Durham Commission on creative education

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21 Feb 2018

Arts Council Chair Sir Nicholas Serota will lead a team of 17 creative industry leaders to research the role that ‘creative thinking’ should play within education policy.

Crisis at Creative Scotland following funding decision backlash

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02 Feb 2018

Board members have resigned following outrage at the funder’s decision to end support for a number of arts organisations that work with children and disabled people. 

Arts should stop ‘pleading’ for more curriculum space

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02 Feb 2018

CC Skills Chief Executive Pauline Tambling has warned arts subjects in schools are becoming irrelevant and arts-led education work needs to be more job-focused.

Stagnating progress for schools’ Artsmark award

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26 Jan 2018

The proportion of schools involved in the arts council’s scheme has increased by just 1% over the past 12 years, despite over £10m of investment since 2006/07.

EXCLUSIVE: EBacc would exclude 133,000 pupils from the arts

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18 Jan 2018

Figures reveal that children living in the most deprived areas and those with lower attainment are the most likely to lose their option to study arts subjects when the English Baccalaureate becomes compulsory. 

Why the EBacc will divide society

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18 Jan 2018

Over 100,000 children a year will lose the chance to study the arts when the EBacc becomes compulsory in schools, and the least privileged will lose out most. Is this a conspiracy or a cock-up, asks Liz Hill.

Transforming young lives

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18 Jan 2018

A commitment to empowering young people has led Battersea Arts Centre and Manchester’s Contact theatre to get involved in board game design, bicycle maintenance and community fishing. Liz Moreton and Suzie Henderson tell the story.

Creativity in schools to be compared across the world

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12 Jan 2018

The PISA test, traditionally used to compare literacy and numeracy around the globe, will measure creativity in recognition that these skills cannot be automated.

Where are the next Stormzys and Adeles?

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11 Jan 2018

Urban music is an economic success story, but music education is not serving the young creators of this work, many of whom come from diverse and working-class backgrounds, warns Pamela McCormick.

Building a queer youth archive

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08 Jan 2018

A heritage project celebrating stories from LGBTQ+ young people in Brighton has resulted in a digital archive, as well as new photographic work. Juliette Buss explains why the project has been so special for everyone involved. 

Achieving a qualification on the inside

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21 Dec 2017

Young offenders in Wales gained the Arts Award during a Summer Arts College – for some it was their first ever qualification. Angela Rogers tells how their success was realised.

Making meaningful work – and measuring it

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14 Dec 2017

Helping prisoners devise and perform a piece of children’s theatre for their families may help reduce re-offending rates, but Selina Busby questions whether the evaluation of such projects is as effective as it should be.

New guide makes the case for recruiting young arts trustees

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04 Dec 2017

Built on experiences at the Roundhouse, the Arts Council England-backed guide offers practical advice on selecting young trustees and preparing boards for change.


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