Culture Secretary endorses White Paper goals

Karen Bradley outside the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
12 Aug 2016

Delivering schemes that close the gap in arts engagement to reach under-represented groups will be the Government’s priority for culture.

Children’s arts participation continues to decline

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29 Jul 2016

A gender gap in children and young people participating in dance, music and drama activities is highlighted in the latest Taking Part figures.

Wales doubles reach of scheme to embed arts in schools

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22 Jul 2016

Turner Prize-winning architects Assemble are one of the ‘Creative Agents’ collaborating with schools in a scheme that aims to reach a third of Welsh schools by 2020.

Behind the curtain: The thrill of starting your own festival

Foyer with art
19 Jul 2016

How did three young people who chose not to go to university end up running one of the most innovative cross-artform festivals in Cambridge? 

Sustaining a democratic and caring society

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07 Jul 2016

The EBacc debate in Westminster prompts Patrycja Kaszynska to reflect on the role of the arts as a force for political and civic engagement.

Nearly 4,000 young people to receive free instruments and tuition

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07 Jul 2016

Eight London state schools are to be supported over four years by £2.8m in funding from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust.

Schools Minister accused of using stats ‘selectively’ in EBacc debate

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07 Jul 2016

A dispute over the number of pupils taking arts subjects at GCSE was at the heart of a House of Commons debate, with the Department for Education using figures which include students studying arts AS Levels in sixth forms.

EXCLUSIVE: Arts in schools plummets, new figures show

Music Student
21 Jun 2016

The decline in the take-up of arts subjects at GCSE has increased five-fold over the past year, coinciding with a dramatic rise in young people studying EBacc subjects.

Exceeding fundraising targets

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14 Jun 2016

Last year Youth Music more than doubled its fundraising income, exceeding its already ambitious target. Emma Holenstein reveals how they did it.

Arts Award to host Creative Careers Twitter Party

Valley School
10 Jun 2016

A Twitter Q&A for young people interested in a career in the arts will be held on 5 July by Arts Award.

Part of the place

Girl playing violin
09 Jun 2016

An In Harmony programme has embedded Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in its local community. Susanne Burns reveals how the orchestra helps shape Everton’s sense of place.

Scottish children to see one live theatre production every year

Photo of Laurie Sansom, Paul Fitzpatrick and children
03 Jun 2016

A new pilot scheme led by Imaginate and National Theatre Scotland will bring live performances to 15,000 schoolchildren this autumn.

Treasure troves

Children working in corridor
01 Jun 2016

Is it feasible for primary school children to be based full time in a local museum? Wendy James discusses a pilot project where children benefit from learning in stimulating and beautiful environments.

Supporting the educators

Musicians and dancer
01 Jun 2016

A cultural education programme in the north west has shifted its focus from pupils to teachers and is seeing great results. Sarah Bailey explains how.

Academisation strains relationship between Music Hubs and schools

Photo of a boy playing the violin
22 Apr 2016

Music teaching provision is becoming incohesive as schools are left to decide whether or not to engage with local hubs, according to a new report.

Buying into an experience

Children in hay
21 Apr 2016

The key to building a loyal audience for a family arts festival? It needs to come from a place of integrity, says Rowan Hoban.

Selling storytelling

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21 Apr 2016

Families are key to audience development, but how do you attract them? Patrick Spottiswoode reveals how Shakespeare’s Globe plans to market a new festival to family audiences. 

Protesters trigger EBacc debate in Parliament

Girls dancing
14 Apr 2016

Reaching the milestone of 100,000 signatures means a petition calling for arts subjects to be included in the EBacc will now be considered for a Commons debate.

Young people on the case

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14 Apr 2016

Through the Circuit network, 15 to 25 year olds create arts events for other young people. Rachel Escott reveals what they’ve learned about marketing to this under-engaged audience. 

More dancing in schools thanks to funding boost

08 Apr 2016

One Dance UK, Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban have welcomed increased funding for sport in schools, seeing it as a great opportunity for more primary schools to dance.

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