Bridging the gap between art and academia

01 Oct 2019

The University of Lincoln's School of Fine and Performing Arts is thought to be unique in employing a professional producer to support students' creative work. Rachel Baynton explains how her role bridges the gap between academia and artistic practice.

Music scheme improved deprived children’s creativity and wellbeing 

23 Sep 2019

A new report on the impact of a music making programme has highlighted positive changes in the “creativity, emotional literacy, motivation and self-efficacy” of young people, the scheme’s manager says. 

Giving all children access to the arts: Finland’s plan for cultural education

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22 Sep 2019

Every teenager in Finland will get free visits local and national arts institutions, thanks to the country’s “innovative” plan for cultural education. Aleksi Valta describes how communities are building cultural competency from the ground up.

Helen Whately appointed Arts Minister

13 Sep 2019

The former Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Education Minister recently came under fire for supporting education policy that would “destroy genuine creativity”.

Beyond sport, monarchy and wars

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29 Aug 2019

First World War centenary commemorations proved that large-scale cultural projects can effectively mark nationally significant events. The question now is ‘what next?’, says Jane Ellison.

Decline in creative GCSEs continues

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28 Aug 2019

The number of students taking Art and Design has increased, but campaigners said it is “not enough to correct several years of long-term decline in uptake”.

Decline in creative A Levels accelerates

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23 Aug 2019

About 6500 fewer students sat A Levels for creative subjects this year, outpacing a general decline in the number of exams taken by 5%.

Cultural Education Partnerships’ development stalls

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22 Aug 2019

Four years after the scheme was launched, only a third of partnerships believe they are established and delivering.

‘Increasing social division’ in schools’ theatre access

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16 Aug 2019

England’s principal producing theatres say cuts to arts education are increasingly restricting their work with children to independent schools.

Head teachers partly to blame for drop in school arts provision, says Vaizey

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19 Jul 2019

The former Culture Minister says his party’s decision to “relentlessly” focus on STEM hurt music education – but also blames head teachers for not prioritising the arts.

'If you can't find the work, make it': helping young people take the creative initiative

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18 Jul 2019

Programmes that nurture imagination and ambition can help re-establish the arts as a transformative force, says Robert West.

Austerity is undermining children’s access to culture, finds research

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12 Jul 2019

An LSE researcher said children’s development is being thwarted by Government policy, but argued the situation could be improved if recent welfare cuts were reversed.

Four ways the Durham Commission can create a lasting legacy

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04 Jul 2019

As the Commission gets ready to publish its recommendations on creativity and education, Joe Hallgarten puts forward four ideas he'd like to see included.

My Gurus: A life of learning

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03 Jul 2019

Music at Paxton General Manager Elizabeth Macdonald looks back on the teachers and mentors who have inspired her and continue to influence her work.

New Business School for the Creative Industries delayed

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24 Jun 2019

The multi-million pound project’s success depends on internal approvals, increased student numbers and philanthropic support.

Watchdog questions trustworthiness of DfE statistics

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07 Jun 2019

The UK Statistics Authority has called for greater clarity in the way the Department presents statistics, after investigating concerns raised by ArtsProfessional and others.

Children from deprived areas shut out of music qualifications

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31 May 2019

Research finds that “large geographical areas are completely without music provision at A level”.

No let-up in arts A level decline

31 May 2019

Early figures suggest that the trend away from studying some arts subjects at GCSE may be bottoming out, but A level entries continue to fall away across all disciplines.

Russell Group scraps A Level subject guidance

24 May 2019

The move by the elite university group has led to renewed calls to reconsider the controversial EBacc performance measure.

Change education policy to save arts in schools, say MPs

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17 May 2019

A new report demands a “clear explanation” from DCMS and the Department for Education on why they have dismissed evidence about the declining provision and take-up of creative subjects.

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