Statistics on the arts in England’s schools and the Case for Cultural Learning

The State of arts in schools

Patterns in GCSE and A Level entries 2010 to 2021 England only. August 2021

Arts teaching hours and workforce. June 2021

English Baccaluareate

What is the English Baccaluareate?

English Baccaluareate – technical briefing

The Case for Cultural Learning

Our documents ImagineNation: the value of Cultural Learning and Key Research Findings: the case for Cultural Learning are designed for all our members to use to support, advocate for, and shape their own practice.

ImagineNation and the Key Research Findings include key statistics, facts, quotes and evidence which you can use to make your own arguments to colleagues and policy makers across the learning and cultural worlds.

The Key Research Findings were funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and build on the work of the DCMS CASE review. They are the result of a wide ranging survey of existing English language data on the instrumental outcomes of cultural learning. 

Using only evidence from cohort studies with large sample sizes (typically 12,000) and research with control groups we can emphatically say there are important outcomes which cultural learning delivers.

Independent School Headteacher interviews report

The Cultural Learning Alliance interviewed the headteachers of five leading independent schools asking them about the reasons they prioritise cultural learning in their schools and produced this report.

The CLA was interested in the seeming paradox that when parents pay for private schooling they expect a cultural offer to be provided but as a society we do not seem to have the same expectations for schooling we fund indirectly through our taxes. 

Other examples of evidenced work

It is essential for all of us working in this field to understand what makes a cultural experience successful, how practice can be improved, and the outcomes that have been achieved for children and young people.

We have selected some compelling reports to profile here which show the impact and effects of cultural learning.

We also recommend taking a look at:

Send us your evidence

If you have evidence of the impact of your cultural learning work and would like to share that with us, Please e-mail us at info@culturallearningalliance. Make ‘Evidence’ the subject of your e-mail, include your contact details and a short description of the project and impact that has been evidenced. Enter the website details for the evidence report if you have one, otherwise we’ll be in touch to receive a copy from you.

Evaluate and analyse

This section highlights some tools that you might be able to use to gather and analyse your evidence.