The value of creative thinking

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18 Oct 2018

What exactly do we mean by creativity, and how will the UK measure up when the world education league tables start assessing it in 2021? Bill Lucas examines the evidence.

Report calls for ‘arts premium’ for schools

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19 Oct 2018

6,000 students from across England shared why and how they engage in cultural activity, with a quarter saying that their school introduced them to the arts.

Ofsted to refocus on ‘broad curriculum’

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12 Oct 2018

Campaigners against the EBacc have welcomed the move, but say it will not be enough on its own to save arts subjects.

£5m scheme to increase young people’s access to performing arts

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04 Oct 2018

Places with fewer opportunities to take part in performances will be prioritised in the scheme.

Letter: Recognition where it’s due

26 Sep 2018

English teachers are arts teachers too – and should be recognised and supported as such, says Amanda Rigali.

EBacc blamed for growing gender imbalance in GCSE choices

21 Sep 2018

Female entries for GCSE music outnumbered those from males by almost 4,000 in 2017/18, compared to just 764 five years ago.

Using data to find the right schools

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06 Sep 2018

How can an arts organisation be sure it is working with schools that represent the community? Lucie Fitton and Ashleigh Hibbins suggest combining arts, population and schools data.

Arts in schools: the end of an era

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04 Sep 2018

As performance targets squeeze the arts to the margins of the curriculum, only the most courageous of state schools are continuing to provide the bedrock of ongoing opportunities that were available to previous generations. Pauline Tambling charts the decline.

GCSE results confirm continued collapse of arts in schools

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23 Aug 2018

The number of exams sat in arts subjects was down 10% on last year despite an increase in overall entries, and a faster increase still in EBacc subjects.

Cultural visits continue to fall amid terrorism fears

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17 Aug 2018

London galleries were hard hit last year, as school children admissions fell for the fourth consecutive year.

“Class gap” holds back young people from the arts, finds research

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10 Aug 2018

Two reports commissioned by Arts Council England found that cost and lack of confidence are major barriers to youth engagement.

First encounters with opera

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12 Jul 2018

Many children steer well clear of opera, but the artform has allowed primary school pupils in Norfolk to discover new heights of confidence and creativity. Genevieve Raghu explains how.

A role for the commercial sector

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12 Jul 2018

Clare Edwards argues that commercial organisations can extend access to music education - without compromising on quality.

Exploring mental health through dance

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12 Jul 2018

A project in three Manchester secondary schools engaged students in discussions about mental health and enabled them to develop their own creative responses through dance and movement. Kevin Edward Turner tells the story.

Making learning messy

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12 Jul 2018

A training programme in Wales is helping teachers create environments of "constructive chaos" that their pupils can thrive in, reports David Baxter.

Putting the arts back into the classroom

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10 Jul 2018

A new cultural curriculum in Bristol aims to reverse the decline in arts education. Phil Castang explains how the creative arts can enrich the teaching of STEM subjects.

Russell Group universities urged to revise A level subject advice

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06 Jul 2018

ISM Chief Executive Deborah Annetts told peers the current selection of ‘facilitating subjects’ was not based on evidence and had skewed students’ A level choices.

Arts teacher numbers plummet by almost a quarter

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05 Jul 2018

9,000 secondary school arts teachers have left their jobs in England since 2011.

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.

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