This month we bring you news from the government on their ‘Enrichment Partnerships’ pilot; new research on how the cost of living crisis is affecting young people’s access to arts education; findings on the amount of arts teaching in schools delivered by non-experts; a new campaign to change policy on young people’s access to theatre; a mass survey of young people for the policy changes they want to see; and reporting on the widespread closure of art colleges across England.
CLA works to collect and amplify the voice of the cultural learning sector to inform debate and push for change on education policy. With a General Election slated for the middle of 2024, we have been busy consulting with the sector to understand the challenges it currently faces and the policy change it wants to see in order to ensure all young people can access a high quality expressive arts education.
Across England, a whole new cohort of teacher trainees are embarking on their first steps to joining the profession. We’re excited for these trainees and wish them all the best with their journey ahead. But looking at our Initial Teacher Training (ITT) system in the round, we believe there is much to be concerned about.