This week we host Whose Culture?, a symposium celebrating 10 years of our Learning and Performance Network (LPN) and examining the future role of the arts and culture in education.
As new research reveals a direct link between our approaches to teaching Shakespeare and improved vocabulary, literacy levels, aspirations and attainment amongst low achieving students, we will call on Government to reconsider plans to require all schools to adopt the EBacc.
A narrow focus on core EBacc subjects may leave little room or incentive for schools to offer pupils arts and creative subjects, and a ‘one size fits all’ approach could deprive thousands of young people access to the arts and a valuable way into learning.
We will call on the Government to:
- Give schools the flexibility to choose a framework that best suits their students’
- Make the arts part of a balanced curriculum in all schools, giving every child high quality access to the arts
- Ensure that OFSTED assesses and recognises arts and cultural provision and quality of teaching in schools
- Commit to helping to build stronger links between schools and the cultural sector
Whose Culture? will also see us launch our new Associate Schools Programme - the next stage of the LPN programme that will give ‘hub’ schools the ability to deliver the programme to more of new schools right across the country.
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