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.

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.

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