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.

Increasing creative options

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15 Jun 2017

With fewer students studying creative subjects at school, the UK’s Bridge organisations have taken on the challenge to promote the arts. Sarah Mumford explains what is happening in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Students in creative subjects earn least after leaving university

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14 Jun 2017

Male graduates earn slightly more than women just one year after graduating from a Creative Arts and Design course.

Arts at the heart of learning

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01 Jun 2017

Wales is two years into an ambitious national initiative to improve education outcomes by embedding creative approaches to learning in schools. Nick Capaldi reports on progress so far.

Passport to the theatre

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31 May 2017

The financial imperative to sell tickets can lead to a ‘bums on seats’ mentality, but a different approach has helped Mac Belfast grow its schools audiences and enhance its reputation. Melissa McMinn describes two initiatives.

Conservatives reaffirm drive to compulsory EBacc

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18 May 2017

Manifesto pledges would see the party deliver on earlier proposals for 90% of pupils to study the EBacc, and establish a new curriculum fund to develop “knowledge-rich” classroom resources.

Labour manifesto promises to deliver culture for all

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12 May 2017

Labour’s draft manifesto outlines plans to put creativity at the heart of education and make a £1bn investment in ‘creative clusters’, but offers no increases in direct funding for the arts.

Theatre’s talent pipeline is “leaking”, peers’ report warns

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05 May 2017

A House of Lords inquiry raises concerns that young people from diverse backgrounds are being discouraged from entering careers in theatre, putting the sector’s future cultural and economic success at risk.

Dance manifesto highlights education and Brexit

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03 May 2017

Election candidates are being asked to recognise and campaign to mitigate the strains facing the dance sector.

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