The Cultural Learning Alliance (CLA) exists to champion a right to arts and culture for every child. To do this we need a vibrant workforce to deliver cultural learning. The CLA is asking freelancers and colleagues working in organisations to fill in this short survey by 23 December about roles in cultural learning, contracts and redundancies.
This month we bring you news of a range of reports highlighting the impact of Covid on children experiencing disadvantage; new Covid guidance from government; how to get involved in the UNESCO Futures of Education initiative; STEAM activities; and ICYMI a DCMS report: the role of arts in improving health and wellbeing.
This month we bring you news of the removal of ITT bursaries for arts subjects; Centre for Cultural Value’s conference; Place2Be’s wellbeing CPD; Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Teacher Development Fund; more evidence on the value of studying music; key findings on remote CPD and learning from the Education Endowment Foundation; emergency funding from the Culture Recovery Fund and the Clore Duffield Foundation; and Creative Generation Young & Emerging Leaders Forum.
This month we bring you news of two new reports on the attainment gap; £1 billion of catch-up support from the DfE; free internet and mobile data for pupils experiencing disadvantage; a report on class and jobs in the creative industries; £1.57 billion of support for the cultural sector; the launch of Covid-secure guidance for learning teams in cultural organisations; updated guidance from DCMS on Arts Sector Reopening and the #HereForCulture campaign from DCMS.
On 28 August the Department for Education updated its Guidance for full opening: schools. It includes guidance on how schools are expected to operate, including how to deliver arts lessons, the expectations around curriculum, and how assessment, accountability and inspection will work this autumn term.
2020 is an extraordinary year; the exam series was cancelled in March and a U-turn on how grades have been awarded took place four days after A Level grades were announced, and three days before GCSE grades were announced. However, the data from 2020 still enables us to monitor results in terms of arts entries.
-37% decline in arts GCSE entries 2010 to 2020
+1% increase in arts GCSE entries 2019 to 2020, +3.1% increase in GCSE Cohort number
-30% decline in arts A Level entries 2010 to 2020, -2% decline 2019-2020