31 December 2016

What we did in 2016

This is our brief annual round-up of the last year of collective CLA activity.

28 October 2016

Art History A Level closing

Over the last few weeks we have seen a great deal of press about the decision by Examination Board AQA to close the History of Art A-level. This post aims to give you some the facts and figures behind it all.

28 October 2016

Decline in arts teaching hours and teachers

Department for Education figures published in June 2016 show that between 2010 and 2015 the number of hours the arts were taught in secondary schools and the number of arts teachers both fell by 15%.

29 September 2016

Policy and Practice Round-up September 2016

This month we bring you news from Westminster including consultations, speeches and CLA pledges in the Labour Arts policy, plus new guidance for school governors and news on the All-Wales Arts and Education Programme

25 August 2016

Arts GCSE entries decline in England

As we had feared there has been a significant decline in the number of Arts GCSE entries in England in 2016. Entries are down 21% since 2010 and down 8% since 2015. This is the largest year on year decline for over a decade.

28 June 2016

Policy and Practice Round-up June 2016

Despite the seismic implications of the European referendum, there has still been a great deal of activity in the cultural learning world over the last month. We bring you news of; the new Ofsted Chief and the outgoing words of current boss Michael Wilshaw; some new evidence, blogs and arguments for Cultural Learning from Arts Council England; new PISA plans for tests on cultural awareness; the opening of the new Tate Modern extension; great case studies from the RSC and from Yorkshire Dance; good news for cultural learning in Scotland; and the TES School Award winners.

28 June 2016

Arts education statistics: what we know

There has been much discussion about the provision, take up and status of arts in schools across England since 2010 with conflicting statistics being offered by different groups. In this post we attempt to untangle some of the discussion.

28 June 2016

20% decline in take up of Arts GCSEs since 2010

New figures from the Office of Qualifications and Examinations (Ofqual) indicate that this year’s uptake of arts GCSEs in schools will fall even more sharply than we had feared.

19 May 2016

Queen’s Speech

On 18 May the Queen’s speech as part of the State opening of Parliament set out the government’s core legislative agenda, giving details of a large number of new Bills which will progress some of the ideas and policy plans that have been discussed in recent White Papers and consultations.

19 May 2016

Policy and Practice round-up May 2016

This month we round-up news of Academy U-turns, updates on testing, resources and research from the AHRC and Arts Council England, the Pupil Premium Awards, a STEAM opportunity and guidance on the sector’s engagement with the EU Referendum.

24 March 2016

Briefing: The Culture White Paper

The Cultural White Paper is published

On 23 March, Ed Vaizey, the Minister of State at the Department for Culture, Media & Sport & the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, launched The Cultural White Paper at the Southbank Centre. 

22 March 2016

Policy and practice round-up March 2016

This month we bring you news of the cultural value of arts in education, how playing a musical instrument increases educational attainment, Dance in the PE and Sport Premium, the Creative Journeys film on making GCSE choices, Grants of £1,000 for schools in Wales, the Into Film Awards and a heads up to look out for the Culture White Paper on Wednesday 23 March.

17 March 2016

Budget 2016

On 16 March the Chancellor set out the 2016 Budget. We summarise the headlines and key points for cultural learning.

19 February 2016

Policy and practice round-up February 2016

This month we bring you news of continuing EBacc debates, views on why arts subjects matter, teacher shortages as confirmed by the National Audit Office, RSA advice on giving schools the power to create, and a survey for those working in museum learning.

18 January 2016

Policy and practice round-up January 2016

This month we bring you news of how to apply to be a Lead Creative School in Wales, using film to teach literacy, details of careers and enterprise volunteering, the 64 Million Artists challenge to be creative this January and Art Is conference.

18 January 2016

Life Chances speech

The Prime Minster David Cameron made a speech on 11 January which linked the need to ensure children have access to arts and culture with improved life chances, talking about the ‘opportunity of culture’.