Call for ‘joined-up thinking’ in music education funding

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18 May 2018

Music Education Hubs should lead the way in using music to address social need among children and young people, a report by Sound Connections has said.

Ofsted culture lead: ‘I’ve not seen arts side-lined in schools’

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11 May 2018

The newly appointed National Lead for Visual and Performing Arts said she would wait to hear the views of inspectors from across the country before drawing conclusions about the national state of arts education.

Breaking the cycle

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10 May 2018

To improve the diversity of the workforce, arts organisations need to employ more young people from low-income backgrounds. Kate Danielson shares tips for adjusting recruitment practices to do just that.

A technical route into the arts

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10 May 2018

Sara Whybrew explores the impact that the new T Level qualifications – an alternative to apprenticeships or A Levels – may have on the arts sector.

A step in the right direction

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10 May 2018

Creative organisations in East London have joined forces to offer local young people the chance to develop employment skills in paid internships. Julia Hayes tells the story.

Doctors move closer to unified plan for arts on prescription

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04 May 2018

27 healthcare providers in the North West have committed to developing a cultural prescription plan for new and expectant mothers to give children the “best start” in life.

From fantasy to reality

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02 May 2018

As new technologies open up the possibilities for creativity in stage performance, a new children’s theatre production showcases the potential of augmented reality. Sasha Kreindlin tells the story.

Fun for every family

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26 Apr 2018

Realising how many of its visitors had a family member with a disability was the catalyst for Z-arts to launch its inclusive family fun days. Ramsey Janini tells the story.

Creative learning scheme targets city schools

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17 Apr 2018

A £120k pilot scheme will see ten Northern Ireland secondary schools collaborate with artists on a range of projects to improve wellbeing and increase interest in cultural careers.

Arts side-lined in Sector Deal for the creative industries

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29 Mar 2018

The £150m Creative Industries Sector Deal supports the development of creative clusters and the roll out of a creative careers programme but prioritises digital businesses over culture.

Partnering with charities

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21 Mar 2018

Working with a children’s hospice has allowed Birmingham Hippodrome to make its productions accessible to families who might otherwise miss out, and it has learnt a lot along the way, says Nichole Cooper.

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.

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