“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
This month we bring you news that the Creative Industries are now worth £101bn to the UK economy; the first report from the new Creative Industries Policy and Research Centre; an ISM Future of Music Education report; how to Fly The Flag for UN Human Rights Day; the SSAT Pure Imagination Conference; and a reminder that the Arts Council England 2020-30 Strategy first stage consultation closes on 2 January.