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What is the true picture of the arts in schools today?

Over the last month we have seen a number of different pieces of evidence about the health of the arts in schools. They range from surveys from the Association of School and College Leaders and the Guardian Teacher Network, and research from the University of Sussex. Each paints a picture of retrenchment and cuts. But the New Schools Network report on the arts and the EBacc claims that arts uptake is flourishing.

A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life-raft and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination.

Caitlin Moran The Times, 18 August 2011
We've published our review into the future of the Arts Council - which concludes it provides real value to the arts…

21 March 2017

This month we bring you updates on school funding and our new publication ImagineNation, news of Free Schools, a drop in visits to museums, new opportunity areas, a House of Lords debate, Sing Up Day and an installation at Tate asking ‘Why do spaces for education look the way they do?’.

15 March 2017

This month the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond presented his final Spring Budget. This Budget heralds some big structural changes, particularly for education and learning, for freelancers and the self-employed and for Science and Innovation. Here’s our analysis of what it means for cultural learning.

08 February 2017

The Cultural Learning Alliance welcomes Toby and Ed’s contribution to the wide-ranging national debate and analysis of the impact and purpose of the English Baccalaureate.

It is good to see both the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, and the Department for Education actively engaged in this debate, and thinking deeply and seriously about the value of arts and culture to children and young people’s lives. We particularly welcome the joint statement that ‘Government strongly believes that the arts and culture should be for everyone and not just a privileged few. They are hugely valuable in and of themselves, and they have the potential to be forces for openness and social mobility’.

In the coming months it would be good to see government working on the development of policies that reflect this commitment, such as a shift from STEM to STEAM, and the inclusion of a creative industries education strand in the emerging Industrial Strategy.