Concerns mount over T Level burden on arts organisations

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14 Dec 2018

The new qualification will be available from 2022/23, offering students who do not want to take A Levels a choice between pathways in craft, production and cultural heritage.

Is there a music education crisis?

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22 Nov 2018

Secondary schools have been subject to cutbacks in music education, but we shouldn't lose sight of the many recent successes and advances in this area, argues Carol Reid.

Review highlights evidence of class bias in arts funding

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16 Nov 2018

The tendency for people from higher social grades to be more likely to attend arts events is down to a mismatch between current funding priorities and the public’s taste, rather than any lack of demand, an evidence review suggests.

Jobs demanding ‘creativity’ most likely to grow in next decade, research finds

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16 Nov 2018

The first piece of research from the AHRC-backed Policy and Evidence Centre says that creative attributes are a better predictor of growth than other transferable skills.

Measure breadth of curriculum to protect arts education, MPs urged

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16 Nov 2018

An acclaimed headteacher said that ringfenced funding for arts subjects will amount to ‘throwing money down the hole’ unless schools are also encouraged to value wider curriculums.

The art of management

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08 Nov 2018

Artists are using their creative insight to advise business on strategies and methods of production. Catherine Morel and Philippe Mairesse explain how.

Advice on arts A Levels is not Government’s business, says minister

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26 Oct 2018

Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Education Lord Agnew said that arguments for  music to be viewed as a ‘facilitating subject’ should be taken to the universities.

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.

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.

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.

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