Murdoch joins Arts Council England

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05 Dec 2017

Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, is one of seven new appointments to the national funder’s governing board.

London Mayor to protect arts venues threatened by noise complaints

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30 Nov 2017

Culture is “at the heart” of Sadiq Khan’s draft civic planning strategy, which sets out plans for new cultural quarters and making London a ‘24-hour city’.

Industrial Strategy criticised for ignoring threats to creative industries

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29 Nov 2017

The Government’s long-awaited strategy does not mention arts education but says improving the take up and quality of maths would support the creative industries.

Call for health ministers to push forward arts in health agenda

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12 Oct 2017

The need for a cross-government approach to arts in health – including education reforms – has been highlighted by MPs at a Westminster Hall debate.

Arts Council and NHS join forces to support creativity in Wales

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06 Oct 2017

The two organisations have signed a three-year agreement to work together to raise awareness about the health benefits of arts participation.

Will this policy trend spell the end of arts funding?

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04 Oct 2017

Steven Hadley shares his concerns about the shift towards hyperinstrumentalisation in arts policy, which is giving precedence to wellbeing, educational and economic outcomes over cultural value.

Mayor backs tourism vision for London

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15 Sep 2017

Culture is critical to the satisfaction levels of London’s visitors, according to a new report that lays out plans for boosting tourism across the capital.

Academic warns of crisis in arts education

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08 Sep 2017

GCSE pupils are choosing not to study art and design becasue of government messaging around the EBacc, a survey of Norfolk schools has suggested.

Proper scrutiny in the arts requires a strengthened ombudsman

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22 Aug 2017

National museums and the Arts Council are protected from scrutiny by barriers to accessing Parliament’s investigative arm. It’s time for change, argues Christy Romer.

Theatres and galleries key to ‘24-hour vision for London’

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28 Jul 2017

Mayor Sadiq Khan hopes to make the capital’s nightlife about more than just pubs and clubs.

Trainee doctors should study impact of arts on health, inquiry says

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21 Jul 2017

A cross-party parliamentary report says it is “time to recognise the powerful contribution the arts can make to health and wellbeing”.

Government to force schools to conform on ‘pointless’ and ‘short-termist’ EBacc

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20 Jul 2017

In its long-overdue response to a public consultation on the implementation of the EBacc, the Government has ignored calls for a broader, more balanced curriculum and upped the pressure on mainstream schools to enter more pupils for the prescribed suite of GCSEs.

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.

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