This month we bring you news of a three-year extension to Wales’ Creative Learning Through the Arts programme; a new report from the UNESCO International Commission on the Futures of Education; Representation in the curriculum Drama resources; a call out to global majority artists or dance companies to contribute to a Dance resource for teachers; and a National Drama survey showing that Covid has had significant impact on Drama education.
This month we bring you news of the new Education Minister’s quizzing by the Education Select Committee on EBacc and BTECs; comments on arts education from the new Arts Minister Lord Parkinson; ONS data that shows arts subjects have been disproportionately hit by the pandemic; the RSA Learning About Culture final report; a research digest on culture and young people’s mental health; new evaluation principles from the Centre for Cultural Value; the Edge Foundation’s Skills Shortages Bulletin with a spotlight on the creative industries; and The Second Dose, a New National Youth Trends report from Beatfreeks.
September’s government reshuffle gave us a brand-new set of ministers for both education and culture.
It will be very important for these MPs to get to grips with their new briefs quickly, as the final negotiations in the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR), in which the Chancellor will set the budget for each department for the next three years, are currently taking place. In this post we give you an update on who’s who and an indication of what they are likely to be focussed on.
This month we bring you news of the Recovery Premium funding and eligibility; the 2022 Music Education Plan; funding for eight Creativity Collaboratives; Our Creative Voice website with evidence and case studies; the new Creative Industries Social Mobility Toolkit from the Social Mobility Commission, and a thought-provoking blog on arts-based pedagogy in primary schools post-Covid.
Further overall decline in arts GCSE and A Level entries; small year on year increases in some subjects. Far fewer arts GCSEs and A Levels are studied across England’s schools than a decade ago.
-38% decline in arts GCSE entries 2010 to 2021
-1% decline in arts GCSE entries 2020 to 2021
+2.4% increase in GCSE Cohort number 2020 to 2021
-31% decline in arts A Level arts entries 2010 to 2020, -1% decline 2020-2021