The EBacc is Failing Both the Arts and Itself

In the latest House of Commons report on Culture, Media and Sport, the impact of the EBacc on music education is listed as a “threat to the talent pipeline”. Whilst the report hesitates to admit any concerns from ministers themselves, it highlights a variety of issues...

Creative Making Residencies – Gloucester and Matson Libraries Commission

Create Gloucestershire, Art Couture Painswick and Gloucestershire Libraries and Information Service are looking to commission two innovative artists to deliver a creative making residency programme over a three month period in Matson and Gloucester.

£15,000 Grants Available For Teachers

SHINE’s Let Teachers SHINE competition is offering up to £15,000 to teachers who have brilliant ideas to help disadvantaged children succeed in English, maths or science.

ACE plans to match crowdfunding for Music Education Hubs

In response to a 2017 pilot project that found arts and heritage crowdfunding donations increased by 17% when the project was match-funded, Arts Council England is planning to develop further projects to support Music Education Hubs (MEHs) nationwide with match funding.

Artsmark: Not What You Think It Is

When I mention Artsmark to most teacher friends and colleagues they initially pull a bit of a face. What they don’t realise is that, with significant advice from schools, it was completely re-designed and relaunched in 2015. It is still Arts Council England’s creative quality standard but re-framed as a powerful curriculum review and support tool, designed to help ensure that arts and creativity are at the heart of a broad and balanced learning experience for young people.

Artsmark – Find Out More!

Interested in Artsmark, but want to find out a bit more before taking the plunge? Pop along to one of our free, informal sessions.

RIO supports organisations all across the South West to deliver excellent cultural education for children and young people.

RIO are leaders in Cultural Education. As the Arts Council Bridge Organisation for the South West of England we work with schools, youth settings and cultural organisations to connect young people with great art and culture.

Our comprehensive suite of support is offered at three levels – information and advice, training and CPD, and in depth consultancy – all subsidised by Arts Council England.

As Bridge Organisation we can provide specialist support to organisations around the Arts Award and Artsmark, to help embed the Arts Council’s Quality Principles and to develop Cultural Education Plans.

We also help deliver the Arts Council’s Cultural Education Challenge through supporting the development of Cultural Education Partnerships in the areas where we work.

Explore this site for more on our Bridge offer and contact us to talk about how we can support you in delivering excellent cultural education for young people in the region.

Sign up for RIO's Cultural Education Email Newsletter

RIO’s Bridge Bulletin is a quarterly update on everything we’re doing to support education, arts and cultural organisations as well as young people in the South West.

If you’ve got a story to share with the sector or want to suggest features for the next Bridge Bulletin get in touch so we can share your success.

Artsmark

Artsmark can help unlock the potential of children and young people, help to develop character and talent, and increase their knowledge and understanding. That’s why Artsmark was created: to bring this ambition to life in every classroom.

Arts Award

Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it’s creative, valuable and accessible.

News & Ideas

From arts, culture and education sector stories to case studies of innovative practice, plus blogs from our Cultural Education team, you’ll find the latest news and views from the world of culture and education right here.
 

Support & Development

Our in-depth programmes of support offer expert consultancy support across a range of areas including cultural education innovation, impact and sustainability to innovation around Arts Award and Artsmark.