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General Election Manifesto for Arts and Cultural Learning

As we write the political parties are putting together their manifestos which we expect to be published in the next couple of weeks, in readiness for the general election on 8 June. There are a number of items which we would like to see included in the manifestos to protect and enhance children’s access to cultural learning and arts education in schools. Please flag up these actions when you speak to your local candidates and make sure they know how important children’s access to arts and culture is to you personally. 

No education can be complete without the arts and music playing a central role.

Nick Gibb Minister of State for Schools, Department for Education
Another manifesto on arts and culture for the upcoming UK election - this one from @CultureLearning #GE2017

02 May 2017

This month we bring you news of manifesto asks; the new Durham Commission on Creativity and Education; condemnation of Free Schools policy by the Commons Public Accounts Committee; Arts Council England Tailored Review results; NUT and ATL survey results; a new DfE consultation on Primary assessment; the new Chair of Ofsted; and the Get Creative Weekend.

22 March 2017

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.

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?’.