Decline in the take-up of arts subjects at GCSE increases

24 June 2016

Also this week: £1m Teacher Development Fund to boost arts education in primary schools

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Arts in schools plummets, new figures show

The decline in the take-up of arts subjects at GCSE has increased five-fold over the past year, coinciding with a dramatic rise in young people studying EBacc subjects. Read more

£1m Teacher Development Fund to boost arts education in primary schools

A new £1 million fund to boost arts education in primary schools has been launched by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The Teacher Development Fund has been created in response to evidence that points to a lack of specialist knowledge among primary school teachers. Read more

Top children's author designs new Artsmark certificates and plaques

Award winning illustrator and children’s author, Coralie Bickford-Smith has designed a new suite of certificates and plaques for Artsmark. Read more

The value of everyday creativity

Laura Dyer, from the Arts Council England Executive board, blogs about how new research from 64 Million Artists can help us do more to encourage everyday creativity. Read more

Clara Drummond wins BP Portrait Award for third time

A Cambridgeshire-based artist has won a prestigious £30,000 portrait prize featuring the same person she painted for the prize on two prior attempts. Read more

London's RIBA Prize-winning architecture 2016

See pictures of the 16 London buildings who were amongst the winners of the prestigious RIBA Prize. Read more



LDN XY is a celebration, talent showcase and networking event for young people in London created by this year’s Creativity Works Festivals and Live Events group taking place on 19th July. Find out more

Inspiring Futures: The Event

As part of Shape's 40th anniversary celebrations, their Inspiring Futures youth programme are organising a free, celebratory afternoon event for young disabled Londoners (aged 16 to 30) at the Roundhouse, Camden. Find out more

Teachers' Evening at Half Moon Theatre

Join us for a free Teachers' Evening and get to meet a variety of arts and heritage organisations, take part in taster sessions, and watch a theatre performance. Arts and cultural organisations are also welcome to attend. Find out more