Education Minister: ‘Don’t worry about decline in arts subjects – computing is on the rise’

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07 Jul 2017

Lord Nash said numerous students had been taking creative subjects “not because they suited them, but because they were easier”.

Arts funding should focus on ‘everyday creativity’, researchers claim

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23 Jun 2017

A new academic report says that shifting cultural policy to enable people to be creative and make their own culture would be a fairer use of public funds and lead to greater equality.

‘Devastating’ decline of arts in schools surges on

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22 Jun 2017

Entries for GCSE arts subjects are down 9% on 2016, while entries for EBacc subjects are up 9% in the same period.

Arts and culture ‘downgraded’ in ministerial restructure

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16 Jun 2017

Former Culture and Digital Minister Matt Hancock’s remit is slimmed to Digital, as arts and culture joins heritage and tourism under the remit of first-time Minister John Glen.

A third of new MPs have arts and culture links

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13 Jun 2017

An actor on BBC drama Bread, a jazz saxophonist and the consultant behind the ‘GREAT’ Britain campaign are among the 63 newly elected MPs.

General election: Arts sector reacts to ‘rejection of hard Brexit’

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09 Jun 2017

The need for clarity has emerged as a key priority for arts organisations following the confirmation that no political party has won majority control of the House of Commons.

SNP publishes ‘manifesto for culture’ following initial exclusion

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06 Jun 2017

Following the publication of its general election manifesto, the party was contacted by journalists questioning the lack of any reference to the arts or creative industries.

Conservatives reaffirm drive to compulsory EBacc

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18 May 2017

Manifesto pledges would see the party deliver on earlier proposals for 90% of pupils to study the EBacc, and establish a new curriculum fund to develop “knowledge-rich” classroom resources.

Arts “essential” for quality of life, says Lib Dem manifesto

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17 May 2017

Removing barriers that prevent pupils from studying the arts in schools is one of a limited range of pledges to support cultural activity.

Labour manifesto promises to deliver culture for all

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12 May 2017

Labour’s draft manifesto outlines plans to put creativity at the heart of education and make a £1bn investment in ‘creative clusters’, but offers no increases in direct funding for the arts.

Theatre’s talent pipeline is “leaking”, peers’ report warns

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05 May 2017

A House of Lords inquiry raises concerns that young people from diverse backgrounds are being discouraged from entering careers in theatre, putting the sector’s future cultural and economic success at risk.

Dance manifesto highlights education and Brexit

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03 May 2017

Election candidates are being asked to recognise and campaign to mitigate the strains facing the dance sector.

Creative industries are key to growth, Government told

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18 Apr 2017

In a new blueprint for economic growth, the Creative Industries Federation is calling for the enterprise zone programme to be extended to the creative industries.

Lords propose charity reforms

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13 Apr 2017

Measures for improving governance, social investment and services commissioning by public bodies have been put forward in a report by the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities.

Major arts organisations to report gender pay gap

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13 Apr 2017

New Government requirements will see organisations that employ more than 250 people, on either a permanent or contractual basis, disclose their gender pay gaps online.

EBacc is narrowing the curriculum, research finds

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13 Apr 2017

A survey of teachers has found that school funding cuts are having a disproportional impact on the arts and other subjects that fall outside of the English Baccalaureate. 

Culture Minister repeats misleading EBacc claims

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31 Mar 2017

Matt Hancock MP told a Lords inquiry that saying the arts are being sidelined risks encouraging schools to drop creative subjects.

Misleading analysis underpins report finding arts GCSEs unaffected by EBacc

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24 Mar 2017

During a period when the number of entries for arts GCSEs rose by 2%, entries for non-arts GCSEs rose by 15.7%.

UK census to paint picture of live music scene

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07 Mar 2017

The university-led project will record details of venues, musicians and audiences in six cities, to gain a better understanding of the pressures facing music businesses and venues.

Creative sector key to the night-time economy

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24 Feb 2017

A new report is calling on public bodies to use their powers to support and protect cultural hubs, music venues and nightclubs.

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