If I were 22 - Tom Bellerby

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05 Oct 2015

Tom Bellerby takes a moment out of his day as Youth Theatre Director at Hull Truck Theatre to share the advice he would give to his younger self.

Hull welcomes creative apprenticeships for young people

The Bell
25 Sep 2015

Hull commits to creative apprenticeships ahead of its year as City of Culture 2017.

Work experience that works

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24 Sep 2015

Disappointed by a low take-up in its traineeship scheme, Curious Minds decided to shake things up and think about what disadvantaged young people really need and want, writes Derri Burdon.

No final destination

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23 Sep 2015

What’s the secret of the success of Brent’s music service? A belief that music education is never over, writes Clair Tomalin.

Graduates need not apply

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22 Sep 2015

Recent arts graduate Gemma Whitham assesses the prospects for those, like her, seeking employment in the arts. 

The snapshot – Susan Whiddington

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22 Sep 2015

What’s it like to run a theatre education charity? Susan Whiddington gives a peek into her life as Director of Mousetrap Theatre Projects.

Future of music tuition could be online

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18 Sep 2015

A pilot project in rural North Yorkshire believes it’s landed on an effective and affordable model for delivering music tuition to children in isolated areas. 

Successful Scottish youth arts programme renewed with increased budget

18 Sep 2015

CashBack for Creativity has been funded until 2017 with an increased budget after having success at encouraging arts engagement in Scotland’s disadvantaged communities.

New support for Scottish writing

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28 Aug 2015

Following a review of the literature and publishing sector, Creative Scotland is supporting new schemes to promote Scottish writers internationally and to develop young writers.

Theatres report drop in schools work

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21 Aug 2015

Budget cuts, the introduction of the EBacc and mass academisation of schools has created a “perfect storm” for theatre companies working with young people, sector figures warn.

Poorer children more likely to reject the performing arts, report finds

Boy student drama
06 Aug 2015

The proportion of students studying drama, music and dance is consistently lower for children from backgrounds of high deprivation than their more well off peers, according to new figures.

Children and young people are dancing less

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31 Jul 2015

A significant drop in the number of young people participating in dance is being masked in government statistics by an increase in those making films and going to the cinema.

Child power

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21 Jul 2015

For a recent production, Little Earthquake passed the reins over to 100 primary school children. Philip Holyman describes the events as they unfolded.

In praise of parenting skills

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09 Jul 2015

The arts need leaders who can convey a clear vision and empower their staff. Well, parents practice these skills every day and it’s time we started valuing their experience, says Justine Themen.

Heading towards the EBacc

Teacher Student Table
02 Jul 2015

Arts professionals may be unanimous about the value of the arts in the curriculum, but what do schools think? Christy Romer spoke to four headteachers who gave a range of verdicts on controversial proposals to introduce a compulsory suite of qualifications for GCSE students that excludes arts subjects.

Big exposure

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18 Jun 2015

A YouTube network dedicated to the arts, in receipt of significant government funding and aiming to attract not millions but billions of views, just had to be investigated. Christy Romer spoke to Simon Walker of Canvas.

The arts effect

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18 Jun 2015

Do arts projects in schools boost pupils’ health and wellbeing? Ros McLellan finds the current evidence positive, but says more persuasive research is needed.

A badge to show for it

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18 Jun 2015

An online reward scheme has the potential to inspire children and young people’s interest in arts learning, believes Laurie Garrison.

My Gurus – Natalie Querol

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17 Jun 2015

Director of The Empty Space, Natalie Querol, tells us about the people who inspire her work, supporting artists in the North East.

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