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.

School governors to benefit from practical guidance on supporting dance

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23 Sep 2016

A new guide aims to equip governors with the knowledge to champion dance in schools and raise key questions about its place in the curriculum.

£55m arts centre for public and students opens at Salford University

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16 Sep 2016

A 350-seat theatre and a smaller studio space are included as part of plans to make the building “a mainstay of Greater Manchester’s cultural landscape”.

Artists as entrepreneurs

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15 Sep 2016

Can we teach artists to be entrepreneurial? Laurent Noël reports on a programme in France that mixes business plans, sales skills and corporate relations with creative ideas to help artists become successful ‘artrepreneurs’.

GCSE results confirm drop in take-up of arts subjects

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26 Aug 2016

New figures should be “a wake-up call to Government”, the founder of the Bacc for the Future campaign has said.

Music exam to focus on performance

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10 Aug 2016

A new internationally recognised qualification will assess practical performing skills.

Wales doubles reach of scheme to embed arts in schools

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22 Jul 2016

Turner Prize-winning architects Assemble are one of the ‘Creative Agents’ collaborating with schools in a scheme that aims to reach a third of Welsh schools by 2020.

Creative entrepreneurship

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14 Jul 2016

Future arts leaders will need to be skilled in the world of business, argues Helena Gaunt. She describes an incubator scheme championing creative entrepreneurship.

Sustaining a democratic and caring society

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07 Jul 2016

The EBacc debate in Westminster prompts Patrycja Kaszynska to reflect on the role of the arts as a force for political and civic engagement.

Schools Minister accused of using stats ‘selectively’ in EBacc debate

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07 Jul 2016

A dispute over the number of pupils taking arts subjects at GCSE was at the heart of a House of Commons debate, with the Department for Education using figures which include students studying arts AS Levels in sixth forms.

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