Primary Colours: Fabian Society Report on the Decline of Arts Education in Primary Schools

The Fabian Society have today published a new report, Primary Colours, which reveals that two thirds (68%) of primary school teachers in England say there is less arts education now than in 2010, and half (49%) say the quality of what there is has got worse.

Work experience in the creative industries

With the cultural and creative industries adding approx £92billion to the UK economy, it is hard to ignore the financial value and opportunity for employment that the creative sector brings to the country. It is also argued, ‘highly creative’ jobs are immune to the...

Teacher Training for Btec Tech Award in Performing Arts

Pavilion Dance South West are delighted to introduce this course, new for Winter 2019 and designed for teachers of BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts with a Dance focus.

Light in the darkness?

It may just be early Christmas cheer, but RIO consultant Gary Futcher has seen some glimmers of hope for the arts in education this past week.

Britain’s creative industries break the £100 billion barrier

New figures reveal Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s sectors are now worth £268 billion.

This philistine government is betraying the arts

In a sharply pointed piece on arts policy, Guardian columnist Hannah Jane Parkinson evokes the spirit of Jennie Lee, the first minister for the arts in 1964, in attacking what she sees as a ‘cultural deficit’ and ‘philistine times’ at the heart of government today.

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.

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