Creativity and the arts are so powerful to young hearts and minds and can be their salvation. In the midst of creative teaching and learning you cannot tell who is gifted and talented, who is Pupil Premium (disadvantaged) or who has special needs. It is inclusive, can communicate in a universal language, and can change lives for the better.Wendy Rawlinson Headteacher, Queen Victoria School, Dudley, Platinum Artsmark School
This month we bring you news of the RSA Learning about Culture launch, ‘Caring about Cultural Freedom’ from A New Direction, ‘Life Lessons’ from the Sutton Trust, the Museums Review, consultation on the Culture Strategy for Scotland, the Artsmark partnership programme, evidence that the Arts & Culture industry has grown by 10% in a year and resources to help advocate for Cultural Learning.
A new briefing published jointly today by the Cultural Learning Alliance and Nesta sets out the need to shift the policy focus on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) by adding the A of arts – turning STEM into STEAM.