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.

Value of Design and Technology affirmed ahead of EBacc debate

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30 Jun 2016

New research findings have cemented the necessity of supporting design in schools, following a 19,000 drop in GCSE design and technology entries since 2015.

Book review: Arts Integration in Education

24 Jun 2016

Paul Collard finds the book about teaching artists as agents of change comprehensive and useful.

New fund to support arts training for primary teachers

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21 Jun 2016

Paul Hamlyn Foundation has stepped in to enable teachers to access on-going professional development that will help them use arts practice across the curriculum.

EXCLUSIVE: Arts in schools plummets, new figures show

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21 Jun 2016

The decline in the take-up of arts subjects at GCSE has increased five-fold over the past year, coinciding with a dramatic rise in young people studying EBacc subjects.

A voice for the future

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15 Jun 2016

Tired of seeing British East Asian actors being given underwritten, stereotyped roles, Kumiko Mendl decided to do something about it.

Treasure troves

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01 Jun 2016

Is it feasible for primary school children to be based full time in a local museum? Wendy James discusses a pilot project where children benefit from learning in stimulating and beautiful environments.

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