England & Wales Culture, sport and tourism , Education and children's services

Cultural Education: policy update


This briefing provides an update on government supported cultural opportunities to be accessed by all young people in England, with a particular focus on a new document that brings together current good school practice in creativity for young people and documents government supported programmes in a range of arts areas going forward. Cultural Education: a summary of programmes and opportunities was published jointly by the DfE and the Department for Culture Media and Sport on 5 July, but the document was updated and re-issued on 5 August to include additional details of provision for chorister training for 8-13 year-olds. The revised version of Cultural Education: a summary of programmes and opportunities can be found here. The summary document is based on the government-commissioned independent Henley review of cultural education published in February 2012. The Government’s response to the Henley review recommendations followed on in February 2012. The Government is spending £292 million of funding for cultural education activity over three years to March 2015 with the BFI Film Academy, the National Youth Dance Company and the Shakespeare Schools Festival among the programmes being funded by the DfE.

This briefing will be of interest to school leaders, teachers, governors, local authorities and parents as well as those with roles in cultural education provision.

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