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New ACW Report on Arts & Education

Welsh AssemblyA new report on the way the arts and education sectors work together in Wales, including all forms of support for the arts in school has been launched by the Arts Council of Wales. The joint review, commissioned by the Welsh Government is the first to look in depth at the inter-relationship between the arts and education sectors in Wales. From November 2012 to March 2013, 471 children and young people were consulted as part of the review. This involved children and young people from the ages of 5 to 19 drawn from 42 schools, colleges and organisations. And, in order to build a more accurate and comprehensive picture, the Arts in Education Review team undertook an in-depth consultation exercise across the nation involving face to face engagement with arts and education practitioners, and with learners. The findings provide a unique insight into the topic of arts and creativity in education from the perspective of those directly affected – young people themselves.  It is significant that 99% of schools responding to the consultation felt that involvement in the arts improved learner engagement. Similarly, 98 % and 99 % of schools felt the arts developed emotional well-being and interpersonal skills respectively, while all artists felt the arts developed these skills to some degree.

Everyone consulted – including young people, teachers and arts practitioners – felt that artists and arts organisations coming into schools is hugely important for stimulating young people’s interest, and in reinforcing day-to-day delivery of arts subjects. They also felt that young people gain tremendous benefits and inspiration from visits to theatres, galleries and exhibitions. The full report is available to download here.