Policy-UK forum on Ensuring Cultural Education

Patterson, Z. (Participant)

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Ensuring Cultural Education in England: An Inclusive Curriculum, a Pathway for Talent and Access to the Arts for All Being held at the mid-way point of the Government’s 2011 National Plan for Music, and nine months on from the publication of the Department for Education’s Culture White Paper, this timely forum will assess progress made in ensuring all young people in England have access to high quality arts and cultural education, as well as how to stem the decline in the number of students taking these subjects at school and beyond. Delegates will look at the importance of access to culture for young peoples’ social and emotional wellbeing and all-round education, and how the ongoing reduction to local authority budgets, coupled with reduced funding from the EU following Brexit, will affect cultural institutions in the UK and the opportunity and ability for them to partner with schools or organise events aimed at young people. Sessions will also look at how to overcome inequalities of opportunity, including how the continuation of funding for 2016/17 for Music Hubs will help to encourage more joined-up working between organisations and provide high quality music education for all as well as what is expected from the recently announced Cultural Citizen’s Programme pilots beginning in September, where young people from disadvantaged communities will be given access to a range of cultural activities. Further sessions will assess the impact of the EBacc on take up of arts subjects at GSCE and A-level, and what effect the lengthening of school days to allow more time for extra-curricular activities such as ‘sport and art’, as suggested in the Budget, will have on interest in the subjects. Delegates will also look at the priorities for tackling current teacher shortage levels in the arts and whether the current curriculum gives pupils a realistic representation of arts in the real world, particularly looking at progression and routes into employment.
Period7 Dec 2016
Event typeConference
LocationLondon, United Kingdom


  • education creativity arts curriculum