Arts Council England (ACE) announced its long-awaited funding decisions for its National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) for 2023-2016 on Friday 4 November. The National Portfolio is a group of nearly a thousand arts and cultural organisations that get regular funding from ACE, which invests public money for creativity and culture in England.
This month we bring you news of the new ministerial team at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Department for Education (DfE); the Cultural Education Plan; what to look out for in the 26 October Arts Council England funding announcements; DTEA Labour Party Conference event; an invite to join Seize the Day; and a goodbye from Co-Directors Lizzie and Sam.
Department for Education figures published 9 June 2022 show that between November 2020 and November 2021 the number of arts teachers increased by +2% and the number of hours the arts were taught in secondary schools overall did not change. The number of children in England’s secondary schools went up by +2% over the same period.
Far fewer Arts GCSEs and A Levels are studied across England’s schools than a decade ago. Here are the headlines from 2022:
- GCSE Arts Entries decline by -4% from 2021 to 2022, -40% 2010 to 2022
- Dance, Drama and Performing Arts particularly hard hit
- Art and Music A Level entries increase from 2021 to 2022 in line with number of students, other subjects lag
- Heartening 15% increase in Design & Technology A Level entries