The arts effect

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18 Jun 2015

Do arts projects in schools boost pupils’ health and wellbeing? Ros McLellan finds the current evidence positive, but says more persuasive research is needed.

From words into action

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18 Jun 2015

The Warwick Commission report may have sparked a useful debate, but how can its recommendations be acted upon locally, asks Chris Bilton.

Guilty secrets

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15 Jun 2015

As the Government prepares to make the English Baccalaureate compulsory in the GCSE curriculum – with arts subjects victims of the “trade-off” – Liz Hill comes clean about her own inadequate education.

Schools Minister makes “no apology” for sidelining the arts

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12 Jun 2015

Nick Gibb has confirmed that the English Baccalaureate’s core subjects will be compulsory at GCSE, but arts subjects, Esperanto and den building will be excluded.

Advocates for cultural education

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04 Jun 2015

Teachers in the north west of England are making notable inroads as advocates for the arts in schools. Jude Bird describes the SLiCE programme.

Scientists get behind call for better arts education

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14 May 2015

The Creative Industries Federation and Institution of Civil Engineers are calling on the Government to better support cultural and creative learning in the UK.

Adventurists, empathists and diligents

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07 May 2015

Research shows that recruiting the right type of creative professional can be critical for the success of a schools project, explains Paul Collard.

Partnership project to improve cultural education in London

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24 Apr 2015

Almost £1m is being directed towards partnership initiatives that will generate new sources of funding linked to improved cultural education outcomes for young people.

Music Education Hubs struggle to keep up with pupil numbers

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10 Apr 2015

Hubs have made “a strong start” but more still needs to be done to boost music provision, particularly for boys and children with special educational needs.

No clear and simple answers

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09 Apr 2015

Creating a network of ambassadors to promote culture and creativity in schools in the north east of England has been a bigger and more complex job than Ednie Wilson first anticipated.

Much more than drama appreciation

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25 Mar 2015

Theatre in education has seen many changes since it was first conceived in Coventry fifty years ago. Justine Themen tracks its history from the original aim to develop drama appreciation in schools.

Young perceptions

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12 Mar 2015

Recent research looked into the value young people in a deprived area of London place on education and participation in the arts. Catherine McNamara discusses the findings.

Creative learning in Wales

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05 Mar 2015

Nick Capaldi explains the new partnership between the Welsh Government and the Arts Council of Wales which puts arts and creativity at the heart of the school curriculum.

Wales commits to creative education

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03 Mar 2015

The Welsh Government and the Arts Council have joined forces in a national schools initiative that will embed the arts and creativity into the curriculum with a view to driving up educational attainment levels, particularly among disadvantaged students.

Silos must end for the arts to thrive, report concludes

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17 Feb 2015

The final report of the Warwick Commission inquiry finds the future of cultural value as lying in a seamless relationship between the cultural sector and the creative industries, coupled with a focus on enterprise and creativity in schools. 

No special treatment for school music

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05 Feb 2015

Music will not be prioritised under new-style Ofsted inspections, but school leaders will soon be judged on the breadth and balance of their curriculum, including music provision.

Bottom of the food chain

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05 Feb 2015

Bev Adams accuses funding assessors of ‘project snobbery’ and favouring venue-based organisations over artists working in the community.

My Gurus

05 Feb 2015

As he prepares to open a new arts and learning centre, Leon Patel reflects on those that have helped and inspired him since the moment he picked up his first tambourine.

Lessons from the past

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29 Jan 2015

Deborah Bull explains what the cultural enquiry into arts policy and young people learnt by looking back over the last 60 years.

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