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.

New ventures in Venice

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31 Oct 2017

Many arts graduates are struggling to find employment, but a British Council scheme is helping some to bridge the gap between education and work by spending a month at the Venice Biennale. Laura Broderick and Emma Dexter explain how it works. 

Children across England to test arts-based learning in £2.5m trial

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20 Oct 2017

Five projects will take place across 400 schools, focusing on drama, music and writing to improve academic and social performance, but concerns remain about the possible research outcomes.

Music teachers ‘have less job security and lower pay than ever’

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20 Oct 2017

A report by the Musicians’ Union warns instrument teaching could become an unviable career because of growing contractual and pay-related problems.

If I were 22: Lucia Masundire

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02 Oct 2017

If Lucia Masundire were 22 again and looking to further her career, she’d become a trustee and consider running off to join the circus.

Fewer teenagers engaging in music activities than ever before

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29 Sep 2017

The decline in young people participating in dance appears to be reversing, although the gender gap among children has never been wider.

Bridge organisation establishes endowment to secure legacy

22 Sep 2017

The Culture Bridge North East Fund will award grants of up to £1,500 to help young people in the North East access quality arts and culture.

Arts GCSE entries at their lowest for a decade

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21 Sep 2017

New research revealing declining exam entries for arts subjects comes as Education Minister Lord Nash denies that arts take-up in schools has slowed since the Government introduced its controversial EBacc policy.

Academic warns of crisis in arts education

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08 Sep 2017

GCSE pupils are choosing not to study art and design becasue of government messaging around the EBacc, a survey of Norfolk schools has suggested.

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