Dancing to a new tune

Photo of Young people, Protein Dance artists and teachers from Bishopton Pupil Referral Unit at ARC, Stockton-on-Tees
15 May 2019

A programme in Stockton-on-Tees has helped young people excluded from mainstream schools learn new skills, develop self-worth and show others what they can achieve, writes Rachele Rapisardi.

Arts leaders back mentoring scheme for graduate women

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03 May 2019

High profile arts leaders have signed up to the new ‘University Women in the Arts’ scheme, which will offer one-to-one support to women seeking a career in the sector after graduating with an arts degree. 

Wales embraces arts in new national curriculum

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03 May 2019

Details of Welsh Government proposals for embedding the arts in the new curriculum have been put out to consultation prior to being adopted for all primary students in 2022, and rolled out for all students aged 3-16 by 2026.

Time to walk the talk

Photo of Julian Mitchell leading a coding activity at Raynham Primary School in London
02 May 2019

Frustrated with the decline of arts and creative subjects in schools, Nick Corston gave up his day job to form a not-for-profit enterprise that connects children with art in their community.

No school ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ without arts, says ACE

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26 Apr 2019

Arts Council England has told Ofsted that schools without a strong arts offer should be classified as ‘requiring improvement’ or ‘inadequate’. 

A seat at the table

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24 Apr 2019

Challenging the notion of a ‘hard-to-reach community’ in Luton, Imrana Mahmood explores the need to create pathways that lead to meaningful inclusion.

The arts in a backpack

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23 Apr 2019

An Action for Children’s Arts study recommends that every child at primary school should have five quality arts experiences in the school year. Chris Jarvis explains how the Arts Backpack project is working to make this a reality.

Creative education scheme engages two-thirds of Welsh schools

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12 Apr 2019

A new report reveals the impact of Wales’ arts-based creative learning programme as it enters its final year of funding.

Inspiring tomorrow's classical composers

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04 Apr 2019

Contemporary classical music aligns naturally with children's playful approach to sound, says Nancy Evans.

UK institutions collaborate on ‘virtual conservatoire’

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29 Mar 2019

A digital project will enable real-time collaboration across a consortium of six leading training institutions for performing artists.

An art programme for everyone

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28 Mar 2019

Emma Edmondson introduces an alternative postgraduate art programme, designed to fit around the lives and bank balances of today’s artists.

Music teachers on course to gain workers’ rights

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22 Mar 2019

Music teachers should be treated as ‘workers’ and provided with holiday pay, national minimum wage and whistle-blower protections, according to a new tribunal ruling.

Five projects to lead £5m performing arts skills programme

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22 Mar 2019

Croydon, Plymouth, Derby, Salford and Medway are to share government funding to teach children on- and off-stage skills to improve self-esteem and confidence.

Music in schools an ‘ever more urgent necessity’

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08 Mar 2019

A major new report makes recommendations for policymakers in the UK and globally on how to improve the quality of the music education provided to young people.

Listening to children on climate change

Photo of Cap-a-Pie cast member working with a group of young school children
07 Mar 2019

What does climate change mean to the generation it will impact most? Brad McCormick explains how primary schoolchildren have been working with climate scientists to develop their own play.

Temporary pension hike reprieve for music education hubs

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01 Mar 2019

Arts Council England warns that without extra funding, rising teacher pension costs could eat up to 10% of a hub’s budget in 2019/20.

MPs to examine effectiveness of arts activities in First World War commemorations

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01 Mar 2019

A DCMS inquiry will assess whether arts and education initiatives were more successful than traditional approaches in connecting with a younger generation.

Young people ‘overwhelmingly positive’ about creative writing

01 Mar 2019

An evaluation of a three-year scheme finds writing programmes should prioritise writing for pleasure, rather than trying to improve technical accuracy.

T levels ‘will fail without 25% increase in student funding’

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21 Feb 2019

The Association of Colleges warns that the skills gap will continue to widen and UK prosperity will be at further risk without an extra £1000 per student.

Connecting urban children with nature

Photo of a man and woman leading outdoor workshop about trees to young children
14 Feb 2019

Megg Nicol and Alan Rickett explain how a musical has helped raise awareness of the importance of trees among London primary school pupils.

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