A high street renaissance?

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29 Nov 2019

Amanda Parker asks whether the arts can really save our high streets.

Fears raised over the effectiveness of the model music curriculum

09 Apr 2021

The much delayed document will not be enforced by Ofsted and no extra funding has been committed for teacher training.

Learning through drama: social distance without emotional distance

31 Mar 2021

Ava Hunt and Roger Wooster explore whether applied theatre has a future in a post-Covid world.

Music education must be 'front and centre' as schools return

11 Mar 2021

The Government faces calls to ensure music education is part of the catch-up curriculum after up to 10% of schools stopped teaching it in 2020.

My Gurus: Clare Callan

Clare Callan
02 Mar 2021

The most inspiring people are those who prioritise care, curiosity and collaboration.

What matters is what comes next

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24 Feb 2021

With new demands being made for skills and training, Jane Ide asks: is this going to help young people into work? 

Education blueprint 'lacks commitment to creativity'

04 Feb 2021

The Department for Education’s employment skills policy document offers scant support for the creative industries to the detriment of the nation's recovery from Covid-19, critics say.

What happens when we invest in music education

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02 Feb 2021

Lucy Galliard writes that the real impact of the first school to be started and supported by a symphony orchestra will be demonstrating what’s possible.

Let creativity be a sanctuary

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19 Jan 2021

Theatre maker Rosie MacPherson calls for urgent action as Covid-19 closes routes to resettlement.

Call for 'temporary amnesty' on audition fees

14 Jan 2021

Drama schools are being urged to axe "absurd" fees for virtual and self-taped auditions to protect diversity in the theatre industry.

New Year Honours salute arts workers

Sharon Watson
07 Jan 2021

Slung Low’s Alan Lane, disability champion Andrew Miller and Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Moira Sinclair are among those receiving awards for their service.

10% of schools aren't teaching music, survey suggests

08 Dec 2020

Music teachers are putting their health at risk to continue provision under inconsistent and unclear Covid safety guidelines.

The path to digital competence

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08 Dec 2020

If 2020 has given us anything, it’s a recognition that arts organisations need to engage with technology – and that they’re stronger for having it, writes Chris Unitt.

£7m endowment to 'secure the future' of RSC’s education work

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03 Dec 2020

The largest Paul Hamlyn Foundation grant since 2006 will provide a sustainable basis for the theatre’s ongoing work, plus money to evaluate its long-term impact.

Theatre to deliver council's music services in groundbreaking deal

Woman with violin teaching young children in a school hall
03 Dec 2020

Permanent employment for 17 more musicians and a wider programme of music activity will stem from the transfer of Flintshire Music Service to Theatr Clwyd.

Royal Academy of Music students 'feared speaking out' about sexual harassment

24 Nov 2020

A review highlighting shoddy employment practices and a lack of pastoral support doesn't go far enough to change the conservatoire's culture, critics say.

We can’t rebuild if we’re not valued

Two people reading a script
18 Nov 2020

Rishi Sunak said hard hit workforces like the arts may have to retrain to adapt to the new economy. Sara Whybrew counters that the new economy means we must adapt our approach to training.

New National Centre to promote knowledge sharing between arts and higher education

11 Nov 2020

Research England will bankroll the partnership between four regional universities and The Culture Capital Exchange following a successful pilot project.

Teaching music mustn’t become an exclusive career option

Man teaching a young girl to play saxophone
20 Oct 2020

By cutting bursaries for teacher training, the Department for Education will make a career in teaching an unreachable dream for some musicians, says Roz De Vile

Arts improve wellbeing, social cohesion and child development: report

01 Oct 2020

A DCMS-commissioned study cites strong evidence that "can be trusted to guide policy" on arts interventions in some areas of health and wellbeing - but not others. 

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