In this bulletin we bring you; more discussion on the E-Bac, a summary of recent cuts to HE funding, a chance to lobby for new local authority statutory duties, the Curriculum Review, music education, the forthcoming Henley Review of Cultural Learning, a call from the Children’s Commissioner to listen to young people and the DCMS Select Committee Report.
More and more voices supporting and championing cultural learning are being heard in press conferences, symposia and meetings across the country. It seems that in this time of ever-shrinking resource, colleagues and partners are really starting to come together to create a collective movement for children and young people to access culture and the arts.
The Department of Education is currently reviewing the National Curriculum and is considering which subjects should be included and what should be taught. The review document outlines plans for a much reduced curriculum, with only English, Maths, Science and PE included as statutory subjects for schools to teach. This new curriculum, coupled with the recent introduction of the English Baccalaureate, could lead to inequality of access to the arts for children and young people across the country.
This has been a month of reviews, inquiries and papers and a flurry of activity – particularly from the Department of Education. We bring you news of a newly-announced review of teaching standards; the on-going debate on the English Baccalaureate; Professor Ken Robinson on creativity; Arts Council England RFO data; our response to the Curriculum Review; and Labour’s education policy review launch.