A mental makeover for classical music

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24 Nov 2016

Tired of seeing classical music magazines filled with middle-aged white faces, James Fleury proposes four ‘mental makeovers’ that could help increase diversity in the sector. 

Arts Council signs strategic agreement with UWE Bristol

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17 Nov 2016

A five-year Memorandum of Understanding will commit to turning Bristol into a national centre for arts and technology.

Dancing in Derby

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17 Nov 2016

Working in a professional dance house helps dance students in Derby prepare for life after university, writes Clare Limb.

Connecting with industry

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17 Nov 2016

A consortium of Scotland’s universities and art schools place researchers within arts and cultural organisations. Anna Scott discusses the benefits to all involved.

Arts teachers confirm dire impact of EBacc in the classroom

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16 Nov 2016

New research paints a grim picture of growing job insecurity as schools prioritise the EBacc agenda over creative and vocational subjects, and steer students away from the arts. 

Breathing the same air

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10 Nov 2016

The University of Bradford may be a technology university with no arts department, but it still saw the need for a theatre on its campus. Javaad Alipoor explains why. 

Meaningful learning partnerships

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10 Nov 2016

Tate Liverpool’s work with local universities enhances its education and audience development programmes. Michael Birchall reveals how it builds and maintains these partnerships.

Dancing with the stars

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10 Nov 2016

Can you teach astrophysics through dance? Academics and dancers in Manchester have been giving it a go. And tackling gender inequalities to boot, says Deb Ashby.

Kindred spirits

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10 Nov 2016

Collaborations between university researchers and artists need careful managing. Michael Eades shares his three key tips for mediating successful partnerships. 

A bid for a cultural future

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10 Nov 2016

Coventry’s two universities are a crucial component of its bid for UK City of Culture 2021. Geoff Willcocks explains how they are working with the cultural sector. 

From fear to fun and learning

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03 Nov 2016

Drama is a highly effective teaching tool in schools, so why don’t teachers use it more, asks Luke Hollowell-Williams.

EBacc cracks are starting to show

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02 Nov 2016

New government figures reveal that lower attaining pupils are being increasingly disadvantaged by studying for the EBacc qualification.

Introduction to… Falmouth University’s online Photography MA

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01 Nov 2016

The new online course focuses on the intellectual, critical and business elements of photography – but how does it work? Paul Cabuts outlines Falmouth’s latest MA.

Music Education Hubs extend reach despite funding cuts

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28 Oct 2016

The hubs survived increasing local authority cuts but the failure to engage boys and young people with special educational needs persists, a new report finds.

Impact in the classroom

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20 Oct 2016

As education policy-makers and schools adopt an increasingly evidence-based approach, how can the cultural sector make a more coherent and compelling case for the arts in schools? Holly Donagh has some suggestions. 

Theatre to build secondary school that will reject EBacc

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12 Oct 2016

Royal & Derngate has put forward proposals for a new free school that will specialise in the cultural and creative industries – the first to be run by a theatre.

Education policy is “economic madness” says creative industries body

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10 Oct 2016

The Creative Industries Federation has laid into Government plans to make the EBacc compulsory, demanding an audit of education and training in the UK.

New arts baccalaureate proposed as challenge to controversial EBacc

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30 Sep 2016

The ‘radical’ proposals for reform also suggest combining GCSEs, A-levels and technical qualifications into an overarching award for 14-19 year olds.

Arts organisations more involved in delivering Arts Award

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30 Sep 2016

More arts organisations are participating in the award scheme, which research shows is nurturing soft skills and fostering an ‘entrepreneurial spirit’ in the young people who take it.

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