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. 

Why the EBacc will divide society

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18 Jan 2018

Over 100,000 children a year will lose the chance to study the arts when the EBacc becomes compulsory in schools, and the least privileged will lose out most. Is this a conspiracy or a cock-up, asks Liz Hill.

Creativity in schools to be compared across the world

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12 Jan 2018

The PISA test, traditionally used to compare literacy and numeracy around the globe, will measure creativity in recognition that these skills cannot be automated.

Where are the next Stormzys and Adeles?

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11 Jan 2018

Urban music is an economic success story, but music education is not serving the young creators of this work, many of whom come from diverse and working-class backgrounds, warns Pamela McCormick.

A creative approach to science and technology

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08 Jan 2018

Despite not teaching the arts, the University of Bath has always embraced creativity. Jamie Eastman explains how its new arts centre has become a hub of innovation for scientists and engineers, as well as artists. 

Making the most of time

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03 Jan 2018

A music-making project within HMP Inverness is helping offenders develop skills for life, learning and work. Stacey Toner describes the challenges and its aims for the future.

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.

Fresh call to prioritise arts and sciences in curriculum

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27 Oct 2017

A new joint briefing from the Cultural Learning Alliance and Nesta says changing ‘STEM’ to ‘STEAM’ could improve productivity and help engage school students.

Call for health ministers to push forward arts in health agenda

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12 Oct 2017

The need for a cross-government approach to arts in health – including education reforms – has been highlighted by MPs at a Westminster Hall debate.

Becoming an expert in an unexpected area

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12 Oct 2017

Sheila Benjamin never thought she’d know so much about construction. She reveals what it was like overseeing a £28m capital project for LAMDA. 

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.

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%.

A level results show 2% drop in arts subjects

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22 Aug 2017

Last week’s A level results appear to confirm a feared knock-on effect of the introduction of the EBacc at GCSE level.

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