Arts leaders call for EBacc to be scrapped

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08 Jan 2016

A letter published this week in The Times, signed by leading arts professionals, calls for the controversial English Baccalaureate to be dropped.

Nurturing a new generation

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06 Jan 2016

Wendy Gadian explains why finding the right funder was key to helping the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama support emerging musical directors.

Academic benefits of the arts remain unproven

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20 Nov 2015

Teach the arts for their intrinsic value, says the Head of The Education Endowment Foundation. 

Hunting for treasure

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12 Nov 2015

Time traveller Steampunk Bob has become (rather surprisingly) a primary school resource for teaching social, moral, cultural and spiritual values, writes Tina Corri.

Meeting Shakespeare

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12 Nov 2015

Georghia Ellinas reveals how Shakespeare’s Globe helps teachers to explore the full relevance of the Bard’s plays to young people.

The vital ingredients

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12 Nov 2015

Opera North’s singing programmes were recently praised for greatly improving the SATs results at two primary schools. But was it really the opera that did it, asks Jacqui Cameron.

Inspired to dance

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12 Nov 2015

There are many barriers to young people engaging in dance. Amy Dalton explains how a programme in Lincolnshire schools is getting around them, and why it’s so important.

The right to a creative childhood

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12 Nov 2015

As creative subjects are squeezed out of the curriculum, what can arts organisations do to ensure all children benefit from culture? Maggie Atkinson has some suggestions.

Fear for arts education as EBacc set to become compulsory

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06 Nov 2015

A consultation is inviting views on the roll-out of the English Baccalaureate as the default for all GCSE pupils.

Tate boss opens creative Free School

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02 Nov 2015

A new model for creative education has been celebrated with the formal opening of The Red House in Plymouth.

Nurturing creative talent

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28 Oct 2015

Supporting talent and nurturing creativity is vital in a sector that relies on a multi-faceted set of skills, says Graham Sheffield.

Reimagining education

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19 Oct 2015

England has some of the unhappiest schoolchildren in the world. But Paul Collard believes bringing artists into the classroom may help change that. 

Schools across Wales to receive ‘Lead Creative Schools’ grant

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16 Oct 2015

Primary and secondary schools in Wales are being funded to take part in the ‘Lead Creative Schools Scheme’, a key pillar of the extensive five-year plan to embed the arts and creativity into the Welsh curriculum.

ACE to support 50 new cultural education partnerships

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15 Oct 2015

Bridge organisations will initiate new partnerships that aim to help deliver a consistent cultural education to all children and young people.

Seeking shared spaces

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28 Sep 2015

Jessica Bowles took students from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama to curate the Prague Quadrennial's SpaceLab - and found their theatrical assumptions happily challenged.

No final destination

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23 Sep 2015

What’s the secret of the success of Brent’s music service? A belief that music education is never over, writes Clair Tomalin.

From closure to creation

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10 Sep 2015

Since Cornwall Council closed its schools music service, an independent service has emerged that is no longer at the mercy of politicians, writes Gareth Churcher.

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