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.
English Baccalaureate and GCSE research
The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is having an adverse effect on arts subjects in schools. Read our EBacc briefing for more details.
The impact of the EBacc comes on the heels of a decade long fall in the number of students taking arts GCSEs, a decline which has been reinforced by the EBacc. Between 2010, when the EBacc was introduced and 2016 entries to arts GCSEs fell by 21%. Read more about this in our GCSE research report.
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 ten reports to profile here which show the impact and effects of cultural learning as well as professional development for teachers. Some also demonstrate how Local Authority commissioners can work with the cultural sector.
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.
This section highlights some tools that you might be able to use to gather and analyse your evidence.
To view our growing selection of cultural learning case studies you can visit the Practice section of our site.
Teachers, politicians, artists, business leaders, cultural professionals, young people and policy makers have all been in touch to tell us why cultural learning has made such a difference to their lives. Read and view their stories here – or upload your own!