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New CLA Strategy Group appointed

Following a governance review last year the CLA Steering Group reformed the CLA’s structure. From now on, a Strategy Group will set the CLA’s strategic direction, supported by an Advisory Panel of colleagues from across the arts and education sectors.

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

23 April 2018

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.