This week, the University of Nottingham, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and the Tate art gallery have published the Time to Listen report. Funded by the Arts Council England, the report brings together the voices of young people and their teachers to examine the positive difference that engagement with the arts and cultural education has on the lives of young people.
The report also highlights concerns about the increasing difficulty state-funded schools experience in providing access and giving priority to arts education. In doing so it makes five recommendations for secondary schools and policy makers:
Curriculum entitlement: schools should ensure the arts have parity with other subjects at key stage 3, offer a full range of arts subjects at GCSE and communicate the value of the arts to pupils and parents
Protecting time for arts subjects: time spent on arts and range of arts subjects offered should be part of Ofsted’s inspection framework
Funding: an “Arts and Culture Premium” should be established to mirror the PE and sport premium
Parity of esteem: Russell Group universities should review their approach to “Facilitating Subjects” to recognise the value of the arts
Attracting and retaining high-quality teachers: pay scales and job titles should recognise the importance of teachers as ‘brokers’ of arts and culture.
Governing boards should ensure that all pupils experience creative and expressive arts as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. The report and all its findings can be read in full here.