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.

Arts projects share youth development windfall

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08 Sep 2017

The Garage in Norwich and Travelling Light Theatre Company are among those to receive a grant from the one-off £40m fund.

Definitely for families

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07 Sep 2017

Noticing that families were under-represented in their audiences, art galleries in the North of England decided to take a collaborative approach to commissioning and communications. Elaine Lees tells the story.

GCSE results confirm 8% drop in arts subjects

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25 Aug 2017

The number of students taking EBacc subjects at GCSE has risen by 8%.

Fair wage for artists should be ACE funding condition, Labour says

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11 Aug 2017

A new report examining diversity in the arts says change is impossible until there is “comprehensive data” on class. 

One in three think classical music must drop ‘elitist’ traditions

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03 Aug 2017

Almost half of respondents to a YouGov poll said more young children must learn a classical instrument if the artform is to survive. 

Families go free

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26 Jul 2017

A ‘pay it forward’ pilot campaign aimed to help families most in need attend dance theatre performances, but it wasn’t all plain sailing. Rhona Matheson tells the story.

Government to force schools to conform on ‘pointless’ and ‘short-termist’ EBacc

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20 Jul 2017

In its long-overdue response to a public consultation on the implementation of the EBacc, the Government has ignored calls for a broader, more balanced curriculum and upped the pressure on mainstream schools to enter more pupils for the prescribed suite of GCSEs.

A global vision of arts learning

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20 Jul 2017

While the EBacc may be causing concern for the status of the arts in UK schools, there are opportunities to ensure creativity is at the heart of education in lower-income countries around the world. Joe Hallgarten makes the case. 

A borough of young theatre-goers

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20 Jul 2017

Every child in the last year of primary school in the London borough of Newham has the opportunity to see world-class theatre for free. Becky Lees explains how the scheme has established itself.

Education Minister: ‘Don’t worry about decline in arts subjects – computing is on the rise’

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07 Jul 2017

Lord Nash said numerous students had been taking creative subjects “not because they suited them, but because they were easier”.

New Commission to assess musical progression of young people

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07 Jul 2017

Billed as the first of its kind in the UK, the Commission will conduct research and seek submissions about barriers into music for young people.

Inclusive instruments

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06 Jul 2017

For some children with physical disabilities, access to music making is barred by a lack of well-designed adapted musical instruments. Rachel Wolffsohn explains what a new charity is doing to change that. 

A perfect match

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02 Jul 2017

When her circus arts company was invited to perform in a library, Camille Bensoussan feared there would be endless health and safety meetings.

Boys really can dance

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29 Jun 2017

Why do boys tend to give up dance classes when they reach their teens? Kate Laho and Natalie Holasz discuss the findings of a recent survey conducted by The Place.

Lessons from Hong Kong

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28 Jun 2017

Programming both Cantonese and western opera, the Hong Kong Arts Festival has a challenge when it comes to audience development. Tisa Ho shares her strategy.

Increasing creative options

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15 Jun 2017

With fewer students studying creative subjects at school, the UK’s Bridge organisations have taken on the challenge to promote the arts. Sarah Mumford explains what is happening in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Escape from hospital stress

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15 Jun 2017

Bedside theatre performances in hospitals are helping children escape from stress and anxiety. Persephone Sextou explains the work of a scheme currently operating in the Midlands.

Students in creative subjects earn least after leaving university

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14 Jun 2017

Male graduates earn slightly more than women just one year after graduating from a Creative Arts and Design course.

Boosting employment in craft

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14 Jun 2017

Cockpit Arts’ programme of support for apprenticeships in the craft sector is delivering tangible benefits among micro craft businesses, says Imogen Lawry.

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