We do not need magic to transform our world; we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.J K Rowling OBE Very Good Lives, Little Brown, 2015
On 10 April Nick Gibb, Minster of State for School Standards, announced that there is now funding to the tune of £496 million for arts in schools. The Department for Education (DfE) news story stated:
‘Music, art and design, drama and dance are included in the national curriculum and compulsory in all maintained schools from the age of 5 to 14. The additional £96m takes the total level of support for music and arts programmes to £496 million since 2016.’
Given all this you would be forgiven for thinking the crisis in the arts in schools than much has been written on recently (see BBC, Daily Mail, Economist, Evening Standard and Guardian articles) has been averted. This is not the case.
Growing up North, a new report from the Children’s Commissioner published on 26 March, looks at the experiences of children in the North of England. It calls for the poorest children to be put at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse plans, with a similar focus on children’s outcomes that is given to economic regeneration.
We are pleased this month to have published the second in our series of CLA Briefing Papers: Employability and Enterprise, in partnership with the Edge Foundation. We have also published two Key Research Findings posters.