A truly national theatre? Exploring new ways to collaborate

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05 Dec 2019

National Theatre partnerships with theatres around the country are creating an opportunity for them to share and compare experiences and ideas across a mix of scales, locations and financial models. Lisa Burger explains what’s going on.

A high street renaissance?

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29 Nov 2019

Amanda Parker asks whether the arts can really save our high streets.

Governments opt out of international creativity tests 

28 Nov 2019

Maths, science and reading will continue to be assessed against international standards, but DfE says testing young people's creative thinking is "not the best use of resources".

The learning revolution: how learning departments are driving cultural change

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28 Nov 2019

How can cultural spaces become spaces of learning? And how can learning spaces become cultural spaces? Jenny Mollica reflects on the experience of Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning as it reaches its tenth anniversary.

Election 2019: what’s in it for the arts? (Part II)

27 Nov 2019

AP looks at the promises set out in party manifestos. This week: Conservatives, Plaid Cymru, SNP and the Brexit Party.

‘We raise each other up’: supporting a new generation of writers

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14 Nov 2019

New Writing North is helping young people in some of the region's most socio-economically disadvantaged areas express themselves through creative writing. Laura Fraine explains how a new generation is finding its voice.

A welcoming space for affordable training

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14 Nov 2019

The lack of affordable skills-based training and opportunities to learn from others makes it much harder for people from disadvantaged backgrounds to develop their careers in the arts. Simina Neagu and Valentina Bin took action to fill the gap.

Diversifying the talent pipeline

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07 Nov 2019

Victoria Edwards details a plan to attract students with previously low arts engagement to the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama - and by extension, the creative industries.

UK loses soft power crown as Brexit sours reputation

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29 Oct 2019

Researchers say ongoing political turmoil has had a “clear, negative impact” on the country’s global standing.

‘Thank you for encouraging me to express myself’: how the arts are supporting mental health in schools

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24 Oct 2019

Two secondary schools in the North East have used the creative arts to help students explore their emotions, reports Elvie Thompson.

Drama Centre advisory council resigns over suspension of courses

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17 Oct 2019

All eleven advisors of the London drama school have quit in protest at Central St Martins' decision to halt admissions for two well-regarded courses, claiming there is a “sense of hostility” from administrators.

Future workforce, are you out there?

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17 Oct 2019

Sara Whybrew explains how employers across the creative industries are making sure there’s a new generation of skilled workers heading their way.

Durham Commission calls for national network of creativity hubs

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16 Oct 2019

The ACE and Durham University collaboration says that prioritising exam technique over deep understanding is “far from ideal for government, regulators, heads, teachers or parents”.

Fast decline in creative apprenticeships 

04 Oct 2019

New figures from the Department for Education show the number of arts, media and publishing apprentices has fallen by a third since 2015 – but the data doesn’t tell the full story.

Who can afford to do an apprenticeship?

02 Oct 2019

Apprenticeship reforms have offered new opportunities for organisations who want to take on a trainee, writes Madeleine Lund. But how realistic are apprenticeships for our most disadvantaged and underserved young people?

'Serious structural deficiencies' in music creation, survey finds

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01 Oct 2019

A survey of arts leaders, teachers and musicians finds composing is being sidelined, with unclear progression routes and declining confidence among aspiring young composers.

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”.

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