Arts Council Chair Sir Nicholas Serota will lead a team of 17 creative industry leaders to research the role that ‘creative thinking’ should play within education policy.
Music should be led by young people’s interests and less focused on prescriptive outcomes, according to the findings of a schools action research programme.
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation will grant £750k a year to arts organisations helping primary school teachers use the arts in their classrooms.
Following revelations of elitism in music education, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, says it’s time to put the arts back in the heart of primary and secondary schools.
Two arts institutions accepted a lower proportion of students from a state school background than Oxford or Cambridge last year.
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 Government is gearing up for the proportion of teaching time devoted to music, drama, art and design in secondary schools to drop as it pushes for 75% of pupils to study a foreign language.
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.
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.
Despite not teaching the arts, the University of Bath has always embraced creativity. Jamie Eastman explains how its new arts centre has become a hub of innovation for scientists and engineers, as well as artists.
A music-making project within HMP Inverness is helping offenders develop skills for life, learning and work. Stacey Toner describes the challenges and its aims for the future.
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.
A new joint briefing from the Cultural Learning Alliance and Nesta says changing ‘STEM’ to ‘STEAM’ could improve productivity and help engage school students.
The need for a cross-government approach to arts in health – including education reforms – has been highlighted by MPs at a Westminster Hall debate.
Sheila Benjamin never thought she’d know so much about construction. She reveals what it was like overseeing a £28m capital project for LAMDA.
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.
GCSE pupils are choosing not to study art and design becasue of government messaging around the EBacc, a survey of Norfolk schools has suggested.
The number of students taking EBacc subjects at GCSE has risen by 8%.