A step change in cultural partnerships with Higher Education

02 Jun 2021

The moment for information and peer support to develop partnerships has never been more timely. Evelyn Wilson has established a new centre to provide that infrastructure.

Wales to establish National Music Service in schools

A 2019 Creative Collaboration project funded by the Arts Council of Wales
01 Jun 2021

The Welsh Government says it will deliver the long-awaited scheme to “make sure that lack of money will no longer be a barrier to young people learning to play an instrument”.

'Dead-end courses' comment provokes culture war complaints

21 May 2021

The Education Secretary's remarks have added fuel to the firestorm of criticism sparked by plans to cut universities' arts funding. Do we need to be worried?

Visual arts lobby defends arts education against 50% cut

14 May 2021

Arts universities have joined the sector in protesting the Government's "counterproductive and contradictory" funding proposals.

Alarm at plans to cut higher education arts funding in half

07 May 2021

A consultation on plans to cut arts education funding by £17m says the subjects are not a "strategic priority" for the Government.

ALRA admits it 'turned a blind eye to racism'

06 May 2021

A long awaited report by the acting school says it allowed perpetrators of racism to "parade their sense of superiority with impunity" and created a "humiliating, hostile and exclusive" environment for students of colour.

Bridging the academic-classroom divide

Conductor leading a school orchestra
04 May 2021

Music educators often lack the confidence and energy to engage with academic research. Encouraging them to do so may be the way to address the disconnect between the two worlds, argues Dr Steven Berryman.

Crashing through the barriers to classical music

04 May 2021

Moving an orchestra into a school sparked a creative collaboration that can be replicated to benefit students elsewhere, write Anna Bennett and Adrian Bending.

National hubs pilot scheme to model teaching for creativity

Girl doing a pencil sketch from a model
28 Apr 2021

The Durham Commission on creative education has refocussed its priorities in light of Covid-19, saying success depends on bridging the digital divide.

Model Music Curriculum is a missed opportunity

28 Apr 2021

Jonathan Savage says the Government’s latest intervention in music education is just another clumsy attempt at curriculum reform. The best thing to do with the Model Music Curriculum, he writes, is to ignore it.

Working class employees aren’t a ‘risky bet’

20 Apr 2021

The creative and cultural sectors cannot say they value equality while continuing to be one of the worst offenders for prejudice and lack of access, writes Jane Ide.

Why do we prize ballet over kathak?

Four students performing dance in a class wearing masks
16 Apr 2021

'Decolonising the curriculum' has become a touchstone for educational institutions. But what does this mean in practice? Clare Connor and Lise Uytterhoeven examine the changes ahead.

My Gurus: A global way of being

Skinder Hundal
16 Apr 2021

Skinder Hundal reveals the people who have inspired a career that is international, intersectional and truly multicultural.

Fears raised over the effectiveness of the model music curriculum

09 Apr 2021

The much delayed document will not be enforced by Ofsted and no extra funding has been committed for teacher training.

Learning through drama: social distance without emotional distance

31 Mar 2021

Ava Hunt and Roger Wooster explore whether applied theatre has a future in a post-Covid world.

Music education must be 'front and centre' as schools return

11 Mar 2021

The Government faces calls to ensure music education is part of the catch-up curriculum after up to 10% of schools stopped teaching it in 2020.

My Gurus: Clare Callan

Clare Callan
02 Mar 2021

The most inspiring people are those who prioritise care, curiosity and collaboration.

What matters is what comes next

Man teaching woman on audio mixer
24 Feb 2021

With new demands being made for skills and training, Jane Ide asks: is this going to help young people into work? 

Education blueprint 'lacks commitment to creativity'

04 Feb 2021

The Department for Education’s employment skills policy document offers scant support for the creative industries to the detriment of the nation's recovery from Covid-19, critics say.

What happens when we invest in music education

An orchestra performing in a hall
02 Feb 2021

Lucy Galliard writes that the real impact of the first school to be started and supported by a symphony orchestra will be demonstrating what’s possible.

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