Spring research round-up

13 April 2018

Information Manager, Annie Thorpe, brings us up to date with important recent research in the arts, culture and youth sectors

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Experimental Culture: A horizon scan for the arts and culture sector

Commissioned by Arts Council England to support the development of their forthcoming ten-year strategy, Nesta has completed an overview of key trends across audiences and participation, workforce & skills, funding, and new technologies, experienced by organisations operating in the publicly-funded arts and cultural sector. The report also explores the opportunities and challenges presented by these drivers.

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Grammar schools in England: a new analysis of social segregation and academic outcomes

Research recently published in the British Journal of Sociology of Education offers a new analysis of social segregation and academic outcomes at Grammar schools in England. Using pupil cohort data from 2015, the research shows how grammar school pupils are stratified in terms of chronic poverty, ethnicity, language, and special educational needs. The analysis concludes that ‘the policy of selective schools has little to recommend it’ and that ‘dividing children into the most able and the rest from an early age does not appear to lead to better results for either group, even for the most disadvantaged.’

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All of us: The Mayor’s strategy for social integration

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has published his strategy for social integration. Describing social integration as ‘one of the 21st century’s biggest challenges’, the strategy focuses on four main areas: relationships – promoting shared experiences, participation – supporting Londoners to be active citizens, equality – tackling barriers and inequalities and evidence – gathering evidence to measure and evaluate the state of social integration in London.

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Creative industries: Sector Deal

DCMS & BEIS have published the Creative Industries Sector Deal as part of the industrial strategy. The deal, between the government and the creative industries sector, through the Creative Industries Council (CIC), aims to ‘unlock growth for creative businesses.’ Policies include financial support for an industry-led creative careers programme aiming to reach at least 2,000 schools and 600,000 pupils in two years, and the roll out of a Cultural Development Fund so that local partnerships can bid for investments in culture and creative industries.

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CLA Briefing Papers: Employability and Enterprise

The Cultural Learning Alliance have released the second in its series of CLA Briefing Papers, this one looking at why the arts make children and young people more employable. Developed in partnership with the Edge Foundation the paper provides evidence of how, amongst other things, studying the arts develops work-ready skills and helps to deliver the skills needed for future jobs.

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