Future of In Harmony in doubt as pilot scheme draws to a close

Child playing violin
08 Apr 2016

Headteachers reject the idea of a diluted form of the music and social education programme, saying that funding will be the main barrier to schools continuing with the scheme.

Music without fear

Ventroloquist and dummy
05 Apr 2016

Following the success of relaxed theatrical performances, Chris Proctor explains how Birmingham’s Town Hall & Symphony Hall has gone about staging relaxed concerts. 

Allowed to play up

Girl in flowery red hat
30 Mar 2016

Is ‘live art’ the perfect medium for intergenerational arts projects? Liz O’Neill explains how children can help adults embrace the fun of experimental performance.

We need to do better

Actor with wheelchair
30 Mar 2016

Angered about how few young people with learning disabilities are involved in the arts, Richard Hayhow urges the sector to open its eyes to the talent and creativity out there.

Finding new voices

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24 Mar 2016

Not many know that Oxford has some of the worst rates of child literacy in the country. Louise Chantal describes how a playwriting programmes is making a difference. 

Appy days?

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16 Mar 2016

Research into an app that encourages students to attend classical music has elicited some unwelcome responses, reveals Garry Crawford.

Making a difference

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10 Mar 2016

In Birmingham, craft projects are not only helping young people learn new skills but giving their self-confidence and resilience a boost. Deirdre Buckley explains how.

Arts apprenticeships under threat as funding ends

Sherice and Pauline Tambline
04 Mar 2016

A popular wage-subsidy programme will not see its funding renewed, although the opening of a new National College leaves Creative & Cultural Skills positive about employment support for young people.

A mixed bunch

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03 Mar 2016

Realising that its audience members were all in ‘a stage of transition’ was a revolutionary moment for Jabberwocky Market. Caroline Pearce explains why.

A model for music education

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23 Feb 2016

The challenge to nurture and support cultural and music education outside London is on. Ian Thomas assesses a model that brings together several music services across four local authorities.

Art and design education “significantly eroded” in past five years

woman shouting
09 Feb 2016

State school art teachers blame the EBacc as young people are steered away from their subject, according to a new survey.

The arts in green spaces

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02 Feb 2016

Spending time in the great outdoors is proven to boost wellbeing, but how can the arts encourage people to do it? Nicky Goulder describes one project that is doing just that. 

Welsh Government backs changes to youth arts infrastructure

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29 Jan 2016

Wales’ national youth arts ensembles will join forces under a new business model in a bid to safeguard their future.

Consortia to deliver creative learning in Wales

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15 Jan 2016

Four new regional networks will be funded to deliver creative and cultural education in Wales over the next five years.

Push to broaden school/arts partnerships in London

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15 Jan 2016

Opportunities for schools to connect with cultural organisations in the capital will be shared through a new online platform aiming to improve communication between the two.

Arts leaders call for EBacc to be scrapped

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08 Jan 2016

A letter published this week in The Times, signed by leading arts professionals, calls for the controversial English Baccalaureate to be dropped.

Campaign gives boost to family arts

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11 Dec 2015

A review of the impact of the Family Arts Campaign finds growing commitment by arts organisations to serving family audiences. 

If at first you don’t succeed…

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10 Dec 2015

The National Theatre isn’t shy about re-approaching a foundation that has previously turned it down. Emily Horn and Bryony Mills explain why.

Academic benefits of the arts remain unproven

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20 Nov 2015

Teach the arts for their intrinsic value, says the Head of The Education Endowment Foundation. 

Hunting for treasure

Photo of Steampunk Bob
12 Nov 2015

Time traveller Steampunk Bob has become (rather surprisingly) a primary school resource for teaching social, moral, cultural and spiritual values, writes Tina Corri.

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