This page contains links to key documents setting out our beliefs and briefings on the current landscape for cultural learning.

Briefing Papers

Early Years & The Arts from the CLA and Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC)
Why an arts-rich early years matters
Early Years & The Arts large print version
Early Years & The Arts full references

The Arts for Every Child Briefing from the CLA and Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Why arts education is a social justice issue
Arts for every child Briefing full references

The Arts in Schools Briefing from the CLA and ASCL, Association of School and College Leaders
Why the arts matter in our education system
Arts in Schools Briefing full references

The Arts, Health & Wellbeing Briefing from the CLA and a Place2Be
Participating in the arts makes children happier and healthier
The Arts, Health & Wellbeing Briefing full references

Employability & Enterprise Briefing from the CLA and the Edge Foundation
Why the arts make us more employable, and why the creative industries are our international economic life-raft
Employability and Enterprise Briefing full references

STEAM Briefing from the CLA and Nesta
Why STEM can only take us so far
STEAM Briefing full references

STEAM recommendations: actions that will support the development of STEAM in UK schools


The State of the arts in England’s schools

Patterns in GCSE and A Level entries 2010 to 2020 England only. August 2020

Arts teaching hours and workforce. June 2021

What is the English Baccalaureate?

Key Documents

ImagineNation: the value of cultural learning: what we believe about the value and power of arts and heritage learning.

Cultural Learning Alliance manifesto asks May 2017: our key recommendations for policy makers