Skills for innovation

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06 Jul 2021

Creative skills don’t just benefit the creative industries; they bring huge value to other sectors including business, health and engineering. Professor Steven Spier has the evidence.

Scotland scraps music tuition fees in schools

A piano in a school hall
05 Jul 2021

The Scottish Government has become the first in the UK to commit to free instrument tuition. A similar policy in England “seems a long way off”.

Arts and academic collaborations in placemaking

Community yarnbombing by Woven in Kirklees
29 Jun 2021

We are witnessing a significant increase in diverse and highly ambitious partnerships between universities and the cultural sector. Evelyn Wilson and Emily Hopkins think it's something to shout about. 

Can technical and vocational training fill the gap?

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22 Jun 2021

The Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, has announced substantial cuts in funding for arts degrees. Jane Ide assesses the impact it might have on training for the sector.

Arts workers turn to higher education to upskill during Covid-19

22 Jun 2021

An upward trend in people studying postgraduate creative courses in 2020 and 2021 suggests arts workers aren't looking to leave the sector.

Music tutors leading change through critical reflection

A group of tutors in a meeting
16 Jun 2021

To become genuinely inclusive, organisations need to find space to talk. Michael Davidson runs a music education programme where lived experience has been a catalyst for organisational change.

Most people support funding arts in higher education, poll says

15 Jun 2021

Support spans the political spectrum, placing pressure on the Government to abandon its plan for a 50% funding cut.

ArtsEd launches investigation amid wave of sexual misconduct claims

10 Jun 2021

The conservatoire is the fourth in two weeks to face allegations of historic staff misconduct. What's driving the rise in disclosure?

Time's up for conservatoire culture

A theatre workshop in which students rush at a young person seated on the ground
09 Jun 2021

Drama schools would do well to interrogate their practices and culture now before the calls for reform begin.

A step change in cultural partnerships with Higher Education

02 Jun 2021

The moment for information and peer support to develop partnerships has never been more timely. Evelyn Wilson has established a new centre to provide that infrastructure.

Wales to establish National Music Service in schools

A 2019 Creative Collaboration project funded by the Arts Council of Wales
01 Jun 2021

The Welsh Government says it will deliver the long-awaited scheme to “make sure that lack of money will no longer be a barrier to young people learning to play an instrument”.

'Dead-end courses' comment provokes culture war complaints

21 May 2021

The Education Secretary's remarks have added fuel to the firestorm of criticism sparked by plans to cut universities' arts funding. Do we need to be worried?

Visual arts lobby defends arts education against 50% cut

14 May 2021

Arts universities have joined the sector in protesting the Government's "counterproductive and contradictory" funding proposals.

Alarm at plans to cut higher education arts funding in half

07 May 2021

A consultation on plans to cut arts education funding by £17m says the subjects are not a "strategic priority" for the Government.

ALRA admits it 'turned a blind eye to racism'

06 May 2021

A long awaited report by the acting school says it allowed perpetrators of racism to "parade their sense of superiority with impunity" and created a "humiliating, hostile and exclusive" environment for students of colour.

Bridging the academic-classroom divide

Conductor leading a school orchestra
04 May 2021

Music educators often lack the confidence and energy to engage with academic research. Encouraging them to do so may be the way to address the disconnect between the two worlds, argues Dr Steven Berryman.

Crashing through the barriers to classical music

04 May 2021

Moving an orchestra into a school sparked a creative collaboration that can be replicated to benefit students elsewhere, write Anna Bennett and Adrian Bending.

National hubs pilot scheme to model teaching for creativity

Girl doing a pencil sketch from a model
28 Apr 2021

The Durham Commission on creative education has refocussed its priorities in light of Covid-19, saying success depends on bridging the digital divide.

Model Music Curriculum is a missed opportunity

28 Apr 2021

Jonathan Savage says the Government’s latest intervention in music education is just another clumsy attempt at curriculum reform. The best thing to do with the Model Music Curriculum, he writes, is to ignore it.

Working class employees aren’t a ‘risky bet’

20 Apr 2021

The creative and cultural sectors cannot say they value equality while continuing to be one of the worst offenders for prejudice and lack of access, writes Jane Ide.

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