The Cultural Learning Alliance is a collective voice working to ensure that all children and young people have meaningful access to culture

Creativity and the arts are so powerful to young hearts and minds and can be their salvation. In the midst of creative teaching and learning you cannot tell who is gifted and talented, who is Pupil Premium (disadvantaged) or who has special needs. It is inclusive, can communicate in a universal language, and can change lives for the better.

Wendy Rawlinson Headteacher, Queen Victoria School, Dudley, Platinum Artsmark School
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20 July 2017

As part of the English Baccalaureate consultation response the Department for Education has published Trends in arts subjects in schools where English Baccalaureate entry has increased. The DfE has looked at 297 schools where the number of pupils entering EBacc subjects has increased, and asked if there were changes to the number of pupils entering at least one arts subject. They take 2011 as their baseline, not 2010, when the EBacc was introduced, and do not classify Design & Technology GCSE as an arts GCSE.

23 June 2017

On 15 June Ofqual published its provisional figures for 2017 entries to GCSEs and A Levels. We will not know the final official numbers until August when the Joint Council for Qualifications publishes its data, but the picture continues to look bleak for entries to Arts GCSEs: a decline of 8% on last year’s entries and of 27% in entries in the same subjects since 2010.

23 June 2017

This month we bring you the EU-UK Culture and Education Series Community; STEAM news; a pledge for children’s arts; new Heritage Ambassadors; a new ACE evaluation toolkit; training and volunteering opportunities; and the Towards Cultural Democracy report.