This month we bring you the National Education Union calling for a curriculum ‘revolution’; a new report on using arts enrichment to improve school attendance; updates on the plans of the new Chief of Ofsted; predictions for education policy and practice in 2024; troubling news of cultural funding cuts in Suffolk; and new funding streams for cultural events in the West Midlands.
It’s some months since we shared our draft Manifesto Asks for the 2024 General Election, and since then we have consulted further, and run a consensus workshop with our Advisory Panel members. We have honed the language and made some specific changes, and we thought it would be helpful to share them with you again at this final draft stage in order to be very transparent about our drafting process, and to seek further input from our members. You can read the latest version here.
This is our annual round-up of the Cultural Learning Alliance’s (CLA) activity over the past year. We spent 2023 championing the rights of every child to arts and culture, with a particular focus on building our evidence work, and lobbying and advocating for policy change in advance of the 2024 General Election.
This month we bring you updates on new arts teacher recruitment data; a new House of Lords report calling for more creative subjects in schools; 11 key facts about England’s education system; and a parliamentary report on how the arts can support mental health in schools and the latest PISA results.
CLA champions a right to arts and culture for every child. It uses evidence to demonstrate the ways in which an arts-rich education provides skills for life and skills for work, enabling all children to fulfil their potential. Working with educators, arts education practitioners and policy makers, it aims to create positive and sustained shifts in arts and cultural learning access, opportunities and experiences, and in national policy, infrastructure and funding. Working on behalf of its members, CLA is actively inclusive and applies a social justice lens to all its activity.
Pauline Tambling reflects on the closure of Creative & Cultural Skills. We hear this week that Creative & Cultural Skills is to close. This marks another loss for the Sector Skills Council world, which for almost two decades has helped put industry at the heart of influencing national skills and employment policy.
This month we bring you Ofsted’s latest subject review findings on Music and Dance; what the idea for the Advanced British Standard might mean for post-16 education in England; new teacher training bursaries for arts subjects; CLA’s latest work with the sports education sector; changes to the CLA; and an opportunity to apply to be a trustee of CLA.