Wave Arts Education Agency / Arts University Bournemouth are hosting a free mini conference on Friday 8 June 2018. Titled ‘Cultural Education Matters’, the event explores the critical role arts and creative subjects should play in school curricula.

The conference is in response to recent pronouncements by OFSTED on the importance of schools delivering a ‘rounded education’, rather than simply teaching with test results in mind. Hence, the event will go direct to source to hear the definitive version of where OFSTED now stands in relation to cultural education, as we are acutely aware of the squeeze on arts subjects in many schools.

OFSTED National Lead for Visual and Performing Arts, Susan Aykin, will be delivering the keynote entitled: ‘The Tide is Turning: cultural education is on the agenda in OFSTED school inspections’. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask her questions.

Other speakers include:

The Headteacher and Head of Music from Feversham Academy, Bradford, delivering a presentation on ‘How we turned our OFSTED rating around by putting music and cultural education at the centre of the curriculum’.

Feversham has just been nominated as Primary School of the Year and has been featured in national media, social media and at various conference. The Guardian wrote an article on the school which sparked something of a social media frenzy, because of the amount of music and arts each child receives as part of the Curriculum, which you can read here.

Matt Little will be speaking on behalf of us here at RIO, presenting a 5-minute regional perspective on ‘The impact and value of high quality arts, culture and creativity in schools – from classroom to community’

Poole school, Baden-Powell and St Peter’s CE Primary School, will reflect on its own whole-school music approach, which scooped the Best Music Department of the Year in the Music Teacher Awards 2014, and which seems to have a positive impact upon SATS results

There will be additional perspectives from Simon Jutton, Arts Council England; Stuart Bartholomew, Vice Chancellor at Arts University Bournemouth; Wave on the Cultural Hub; and information about local support on offer, including the Music Education Hub.

If you wish to network and see more of what AUB does, you can also stay for an optional FREE networking lunch after 1pm, courtesy of AUB, and view the galleries/ exhibition displaying students’ work.

To Book:
Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. detailing:
- Who is coming, with contact details
- Their position in your school/organisation
- Whether they want to stay for the free networking lunch (plus any dietary requirements).

Book by no later than 7 June 2018.

Please do not book if you are unsure if you can attend, as places are very limited.
There is free parking on site at AUB.
Arts University Bournemouth is located at: Wallisdown, Poole BH12 5HH