Early successes for Wales’ creative learning plan

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01 Jun 2018

An interim report for the five-year programme is positive, but warns there will be challenges to maintaining the programme once financial support comes to an end.

EXCLUSIVE: Collapse in GCSE arts subjects gathers pace

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29 May 2018

The fall in entry numbers for GCSE arts subjects has reached record levels, but an Ofqual report understates dramatic losses in design and technology.

Teacher of the year: ‘We must make parents value arts in schools’

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25 May 2018

The comments, made at a panel event on arts education, come as the RSA launches a new network of cultural practitioners to better support the use of evidence in education.

Ofsted culture lead: ‘I’ve not seen arts side-lined in schools’

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11 May 2018

The newly appointed National Lead for Visual and Performing Arts said she would wait to hear the views of inspectors from across the country before drawing conclusions about the national state of arts education.

A technical route into the arts

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10 May 2018

Sara Whybrew explores the impact that the new T Level qualifications – an alternative to apprenticeships or A Levels – may have on the arts sector.

Developing home-grown talent

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10 May 2018

With over 80% of staff under 30, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre’s workforce is relatively young. Craig Morrow reveals how providing training and clear progression routes have been key to its success.

A continuous talent stream

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03 May 2018

At the very heart of Jasmin Vardimon Company is a dedication to education and nurturing talent. Lauren Baldock explains who benefits and how.

New partnership to promote diversity in music education

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27 Apr 2018

The Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England will aim to remove barriers and give young people ownership of musical learning.

Creative learning scheme targets city schools

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17 Apr 2018

A £120k pilot scheme will see ten Northern Ireland secondary schools collaborate with artists on a range of projects to improve wellbeing and increase interest in cultural careers.

Arts side-lined in Sector Deal for the creative industries

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29 Mar 2018

The £150m Creative Industries Sector Deal supports the development of creative clusters and the roll out of a creative careers programme but prioritises digital businesses over culture.

Classical music education for the 21st century

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22 Mar 2018

ABRSM’s grade eight piano exam syllabus features no women composers this year. Anna Bull calls for music education to start celebrating classical music as a living tradition.

New moves to halt decline of arts in primary schools

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09 Mar 2018

Arts education professionals and politicians met this week as a first step to tackling the structural problems causing the arts to be neglected in many schools. 

First steps for Durham Commission on creative education

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21 Feb 2018

Arts Council Chair Sir Nicholas Serota will lead a team of 17 creative industry leaders to research the role that ‘creative thinking’ should play within education policy.

Youth Music calls for a ‘new model for music education’

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16 Feb 2018

Music should be led by young people’s interests and less focused on prescriptive outcomes, according to the findings of a schools action research programme.

New fund to promote learning through the arts in schools

16 Feb 2018

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation will grant £750k a year to arts organisations helping primary school teachers use the arts in their classrooms.

Letter: A matter of deepest regret

15 Feb 2018

Following revelations of elitism in music education, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, says it’s time to put the arts back in the heart of primary and secondary schools.

Specialist arts colleges among the most elitist in the country

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09 Feb 2018

Two arts institutions accepted a lower proportion of students from a state school background than Oxford or Cambridge last year.

Arts should stop ‘pleading’ for more curriculum space

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02 Feb 2018

CC Skills Chief Executive Pauline Tambling has warned arts subjects in schools are becoming irrelevant and arts-led education work needs to be more job-focused.

Languages prioritised over arts in Government teacher plans

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26 Jan 2018

The Government is gearing up for the proportion of teaching time devoted to music, drama, art and design in secondary schools to drop as it pushes for 75% of pupils to study a foreign language.

EXCLUSIVE: EBacc would exclude 133,000 pupils from the arts

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18 Jan 2018

Figures reveal that children living in the most deprived areas and those with lower attainment are the most likely to lose their option to study arts subjects when the English Baccalaureate becomes compulsory. 

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