The Cultural Learning Alliance is a collective voice working to ensure that all children and young people have meaningful access to culture

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Policy and practice round-up July 2018

This month we bring you news from Westminster including a new Culture Secretary and a House of Lords committee hearing on STEM and arts; Ofsted research on art; a draft Culture Strategy for Scotland; the Children’s commissioner 2018 report into Childhood Vulnerability; a new Artist in Residence programme; a teacher wellbeing case study; and birthday wishes for Action for Children’s Arts.

“Working class” kids have been stripped of the traditional places where they once developed cultural capital: the youth club, town hall, local library, or children’s centre. In the 
US, the richest families now spend seven times more on out of school enrichment than the poorest families, a much bigger gap than 40 years ago. All the data points to a similar gap in the UK. Given this, the role of schools as places of cultural and social as well as academic learning has become even more critical.

Dr Lee Elliot Major Chief Executive, Sutton Trust

21 June 2018

This month we bring you news of new funding for Creative People and Places; the RSA Strong Arts, Strong Schools event and call for Evidence Champions; Nick Gibb, Minister for School Standards at the Education Select Committee; the first results of the OECD Education 2030 research; and the Arts Council England Corporate Plan.

19 June 2018

A case study from Buryfields Infant School and Artswork. Buryfields collapsed their timetable for two weeks to run a STEAM project which combined science, art, drama, music and geography. They worked with visiting artists, STEM Ambassadors and scientists.