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.

Fair wage for artists should be ACE funding condition, Labour says

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11 Aug 2017

A new report examining diversity in the arts says change is impossible until there is “comprehensive data” on class. 

One in three think classical music must drop ‘elitist’ traditions

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03 Aug 2017

Almost half of respondents to a YouGov poll said more young children must learn a classical instrument if the artform is to survive. 

Government to force schools to conform on ‘pointless’ and ‘short-termist’ EBacc

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20 Jul 2017

In its long-overdue response to a public consultation on the implementation of the EBacc, the Government has ignored calls for a broader, more balanced curriculum and upped the pressure on mainstream schools to enter more pupils for the prescribed suite of GCSEs.

A global vision of arts learning

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20 Jul 2017

While the EBacc may be causing concern for the status of the arts in UK schools, there are opportunities to ensure creativity is at the heart of education in lower-income countries around the world. Joe Hallgarten makes the case. 

A borough of young theatre-goers

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20 Jul 2017

Every child in the last year of primary school in the London borough of Newham has the opportunity to see world-class theatre for free. Becky Lees explains how the scheme has established itself.

Education Minister: ‘Don’t worry about decline in arts subjects – computing is on the rise’

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07 Jul 2017

Lord Nash said numerous students had been taking creative subjects “not because they suited them, but because they were easier”.

Inclusive instruments

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06 Jul 2017

For some children with physical disabilities, access to music making is barred by a lack of well-designed adapted musical instruments. Rachel Wolffsohn explains what a new charity is doing to change that. 

TEF rankings: UK arts universities are of the “highest quality”

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30 Jun 2017

Most of the arts-focused higher education institutions assessed by the new Government ranking scheme have received a gold award.

‘Devastating’ decline of arts in schools surges on

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22 Jun 2017

Entries for GCSE arts subjects are down 9% on 2016, while entries for EBacc subjects are up 9% in the same period.

Drama UK replacement launches

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16 Jun 2017

The Federation of Drama Schools aims to make recruitment more accessible and diverse, and help students identify high-quality training.

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