A three year national research study into the benefits of arts and cultural education was presented to senior ministers and policy makers at The House of Lords on Monday 15th October, and Mrs Sally Thompson from the English Team was there to support Minsthorpe’s contribution.
Funded by Arts Council England, and conducted in secondary and special schools, the TALE (Tracking Arts Learning and Engagement) study analysed 6,000 responses from young people aged 14-18, tracking students and 63 teachers over three years.
Led by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Tate and The University of Nottingham, the study brings to light the voices and opinions of young people, and the depth and breadth of the research gives significant new insights into the positive difference that sustained engagement with the arts and cultural education has on the lives of young people.
Minsthorpe is proud to be an arts and culture rich school, developing the 6 Rs through a broad and balanced curriculum, as well as offering wider opportunities through the English and Creative Teams visits, productions, residentials and Shakespeare Festivals.
The TALE project is now calling for the government to protect funding for an Arts and Culture Premium, and ensure all arts subjects are valued equally in every school across the country.
For further information of the research study findings and to see their five key recommendations to ensure every young person can learn in an arts and culture rich school, go to www.researchtale.net or click on the document below.
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