As part of our series of blogs this summer about the pressing questions facing the arts education sector Basheba ‘Bashiie’ Baptiste (writer and producer), Belmiro Matos da Costa (activist and organiser) and Christy Ku (poet and performer), part of Sour Lemon’s creative leadership programme, write about their experiences of facilitating roundtables for leaders in the UK creative and cultural sector.
Like the weather during the current climate emergency, extremes characterise the cultural learning landscape this summer. Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement are washing away what we took for granted and throwing into greater relief the lack of social justice in Britain. This blog looks at the raft of different proposals and initiatives that are developing as a result of the changes.
This month we bring you news of research from the Education Endowment Foundation showing the attainment gap could widen by 36% as a result of school closures; updated Department for Education guidance for school reopening and reopening dates from Scotland and Wales; Let’s Create packs from Arts Council England; Covid secure guidance being developed for arts and heritage learning spaces; a call for CLA members to contribute to ‘task and finish’ groups; and a survey on arts and heritage learning services and spaces.
This month we bring you news that the Welsh Government has extended Creative Learning through the Arts; resources from the EEF and DfE to help education settings; recommendations from the EPI on preventing the disadvantage gap from increasing during and after the Covid-19 pandemic; and the Education select committee Inquiry into the impact of Covid-19 and interviews with the Ofsted Chief Inspector and Minister for Education.