Creative education scheme engages two-thirds of Welsh schools

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12 Apr 2019

A new report reveals the impact of Wales’ arts-based creative learning programme as it enters its final year of funding.

Inspiring tomorrow's classical composers

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04 Apr 2019

Contemporary classical music aligns naturally with children's playful approach to sound, says Nancy Evans.

UK institutions collaborate on ‘virtual conservatoire’

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29 Mar 2019

A digital project will enable real-time collaboration across a consortium of six leading training institutions for performing artists.

An art programme for everyone

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28 Mar 2019

Emma Edmondson introduces an alternative postgraduate art programme, designed to fit around the lives and bank balances of today’s artists.

Music teachers on course to gain workers’ rights

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22 Mar 2019

Music teachers should be treated as ‘workers’ and provided with holiday pay, national minimum wage and whistle-blower protections, according to a new tribunal ruling.

Five projects to lead £5m performing arts skills programme

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22 Mar 2019

Croydon, Plymouth, Derby, Salford and Medway are to share government funding to teach children on- and off-stage skills to improve self-esteem and confidence.

Music in schools an ‘ever more urgent necessity’

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08 Mar 2019

A major new report makes recommendations for policymakers in the UK and globally on how to improve the quality of the music education provided to young people.

Listening to children on climate change

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07 Mar 2019

What does climate change mean to the generation it will impact most? Brad McCormick explains how primary schoolchildren have been working with climate scientists to develop their own play.

Temporary pension hike reprieve for music education hubs

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01 Mar 2019

Arts Council England warns that without extra funding, rising teacher pension costs could eat up to 10% of a hub’s budget in 2019/20.

MPs to examine effectiveness of arts activities in First World War commemorations

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01 Mar 2019

A DCMS inquiry will assess whether arts and education initiatives were more successful than traditional approaches in connecting with a younger generation.

Young people ‘overwhelmingly positive’ about creative writing

01 Mar 2019

An evaluation of a three-year scheme finds writing programmes should prioritise writing for pleasure, rather than trying to improve technical accuracy.

T levels ‘will fail without 25% increase in student funding’

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21 Feb 2019

The Association of Colleges warns that the skills gap will continue to widen and UK prosperity will be at further risk without an extra £1000 per student.

Connecting urban children with nature

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14 Feb 2019

Megg Nicol and Alan Rickett explain how a musical has helped raise awareness of the importance of trees among London primary school pupils.

Report challenges Minister’s claim of ‘stable’ arts GCSE takeup

08 Feb 2019

An analysis of the Department for Education’s own figures finds that since 2014, the proportion of students taking music GCSE has fallen by 17%, and the proportion taking at least one arts GCSE has fallen by almost 18%.

Exclusive: Music A level denied to ever more students

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01 Feb 2019

A student’s academic ability and the wealth of their parents are key indicators of the likelihood that they will get the chance to study arts subjects at A level in school, new figures reveal.

How did we get here?

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31 Jan 2019

The over-hyping of projects, initiatives and schemes really grates at a time when creative education in schools is being systematically sidelined. We need to realise what we are losing before it's too late, says Pauline Tambling.

Making Hull’s impact last

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24 Jan 2019

Hull’s year as UK City of Culture may be over, but a partnership between the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the University of Hull will continue to harness the benefits of culture for local people, says James Williams.

Primary schools lament decline in arts provision

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17 Jan 2019

A new report calls for an arts education premium for every primary school to address worsening lesson quality and offer opportunities for more cultural trips.

Government aims to increase music take-up with new model curriculum

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17 Jan 2019

Schools Minister Nick Gibb says that the key to increasing the number of music GCSE entries is to improve the quality of lessons for pupils under fourteen years old.

Universities challenge call for fewer creative arts degrees

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11 Jan 2019

Claims by the Onward thinktank that young people should be steered away from “low value” degrees because they leave taxpayers to foot the bill for their studies are "simplistic", say university bosses.

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