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01 May 2019

Education Select Committee gives Nick Gibb a grilling

Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards and Anne Milton, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills were grilled by the Education Select Committee on 3 April on the subject of school and college funding, and how our current education system is preparing children for the 4th industrial revolution.

30 April 2019

Policy and Practice round-up May 2019

This month we bring you the latest on the Arts Council England 10 year strategy; a call for an Arts Premium from the RSC Deputy Director; the Creative Opportunity lecture from Sir Nicholas Serota; evidence that reformed GCSEs offer fewer opportunities to develop creativity; the Sutton Trust 2019 teacher survey results; new research on the contribution of arts to the UK Economy; new Early Years resources for the museum and heritage sector; training on using cohort data for the data geeks among you; and upcoming conferences.

01 April 2019

Policy and Practice round-up April 2019

This month we bring you news of Ofsted subject reviews; Teacher Tapp data on music education; Andreas Schleicher of the OECD’s evidence for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Inquiry, including the importance of teacher CPD and the statement ‘art may become more important than maths’; the launch of the Creative Industries Federation Creative Careers programme; Paul Hamlyn Teacher Development Fund evaluation with CPD lessons for the sector; details of the new National Lottery Heritage Fund grants, and a reminder to celebrate World Creativity & Innovation Week.

20 March 2019

Respond to the Ofsted Consultation!

Ofsted is currently consulting on a new framework for the assessment of schools, early years and further education institutions. This could potentially have a number of implications for arts and cultural learning. This post gives you some of our initial thoughts and tells you how to make yours known.

26 February 2019

Policy and practice round-up February 2019

This month we bring you news of Amanda Spielman talking about the negative impact of a narrow curriculum; the Education Select Committee asking about the negative impact of the EBacc; DfE figures revealing a decline in Arts GCSEs; a Music Education State of the Nation report; the RSA Cultural Learning Evidence Champion’s handbook; and a blog from our Advisory Panel member Pauline Tambling.

26 February 2019

Calling time on GCSEs and arts to 18

In February the Chair of the Education Select Committee, the President of the Royal Society, and the Director General of the CBI all called for sweeping reform to our 14-19 education. Proposals including abolishing GCSEs and external exams at 16, broadening the curriculum and studying arts subjects to 18. Read on for the details.

31 January 2019

Policy and practice round-up January 2019

This month we bring you news of the new Department for Education teacher Recruitment and Retention strategy and new teacher Early Career Framework; the school snapshot survey showing how accountability and funding is really impacting the school curriculum; Nesta school resources on the future of skills and the launch of the Arts Council England 25 year talent pipeline research.

28 January 2019

New year plans from the Department of Education

The start of this year has been marked by a flurry of announcements from different members of the Department of Education: from music curriculum reform and the launch of a new Primary Activity Passport, to funds for international visits and an interview about the value of arts degrees. This post gives you the low-down on what our DfE Ministerial Team has been up to.