Board members have resigned following outrage at the funder’s decision to end support for a number of arts organisations that work with children and disabled people.
CC Skills Chief Executive Pauline Tambling has warned arts subjects in schools are becoming irrelevant and arts-led education work needs to be more job-focused.
The proportion of schools involved in the arts council’s scheme has increased by just 1% over the past 12 years, despite over £10m of investment since 2006/07.
Figures reveal that children living in the most deprived areas and those with lower attainment are the most likely to lose their option to study arts subjects when the English Baccalaureate becomes compulsory.
Over 100,000 children a year will lose the chance to study the arts when the EBacc becomes compulsory in schools, and the least privileged will lose out most. Is this a conspiracy or a cock-up, asks Liz Hill.
A commitment to empowering young people has led Battersea Arts Centre and Manchester’s Contact theatre to get involved in board game design, bicycle maintenance and community fishing. Liz Moreton and Suzie Henderson tell the story.
The PISA test, traditionally used to compare literacy and numeracy around the globe, will measure creativity in recognition that these skills cannot be automated.
Urban music is an economic success story, but music education is not serving the young creators of this work, many of whom come from diverse and working-class backgrounds, warns Pamela McCormick.
A heritage project celebrating stories from LGBTQ+ young people in Brighton has resulted in a digital archive, as well as new photographic work. Juliette Buss explains why the project has been so special for everyone involved.
Young offenders in Wales gained the Arts Award during a Summer Arts College – for some it was their first ever qualification. Angela Rogers tells how their success was realised.
Helping prisoners devise and perform a piece of children’s theatre for their families may help reduce re-offending rates, but Selina Busby questions whether the evaluation of such projects is as effective as it should be.
Built on experiences at the Roundhouse, the Arts Council England-backed guide offers practical advice on selecting young trustees and preparing boards for change.
Spooky spiders and flower drumming: Zi Lan Liao takes us through a week of half-term activities with the Pagoda Chinese Youth Orchestra in Liverpool.
Many arts graduates are struggling to find employment, but a British Council scheme is helping some to bridge the gap between education and work by spending a month at the Venice Biennale. Laura Broderick and Emma Dexter explain how it works.
Five projects will take place across 400 schools, focusing on drama, music and writing to improve academic and social performance, but concerns remain about the possible research outcomes.
A report by the Musicians’ Union warns instrument teaching could become an unviable career because of growing contractual and pay-related problems.
If Lucia Masundire were 22 again and looking to further her career, she’d become a trustee and consider running off to join the circus.
The decline in young people participating in dance appears to be reversing, although the gender gap among children has never been wider.
The Culture Bridge North East Fund will award grants of up to £1,500 to help young people in the North East access quality arts and culture.
New research revealing declining exam entries for arts subjects comes as Education Minister Lord Nash denies that arts take-up in schools has slowed since the Government introduced its controversial EBacc policy.