(b) logging


And a few bits and bobs

(1) The RSA released a new cultural learning toolkit this week:


Those of us who work with arts and cultural organisations will be interested in this latest initiative to improve evaluation of cultural events. But, disappointingly, university-based researchers don’t get much of a mention as being part of processes of evaluation a.ka. evidence production. Given that research is our bread and butter, and that many of us know how to generate solid evidence through a wide range of methods, this is a pity.

(2) The APPG report on music education was also recently released


(3) The old Arts Council report seems remarkably current this week

Assessing the European Union’s contribution to the arts, museums & creative industries in England 2007-2016


The Commons Select Committee Report on Live Music

reported on March 19, 2019 recommending among other things that

In 2013 our predecessor Committee recommended in its report on ‘Supporting the creative economy’ that arts be included in the list of approved EBacc subjects, and the concerns we have heard during this inquiry suggest the need is no less pressing now. We repeat the call for arts subjects to be added to the EBacc to ensure all students benefit from a creative education at GCSE.

cultural education partnership


On Thursday Chris, Pat and Jo attended a half day workshop to discuss the emerging Nottingham Cultural Education Partnership. The workshop was convened by the city’s Creative Quarter and held in the Galleries of Justice (pictured above).

The workshop was a response to the Arts Council’s Cultural Education Challenge. The Arts Council  will fund 50 new cultural education partnerships across the country in areas deemed most in need of arts and cultural provision. The initiative follows a pilot scheme that saw cultural education partnerships established in Great Yarmouth, Bristol and Barking and Dagenham. The new partnerships will be initiated by ACE’s network of Bridge organisations – in the East Midlands this is The Mighty Creatives – whose remit is to connect schools, children and young people with arts and cultural activity.

The workshop aimed

  • To create a better understanding of Nottingham CEP and what it’s there to do
  • To enable partners to understand the current landscape of engagement by children and young people with culture in the city
  • To explore and determine a proposed model for the CEP

The workshop was first addressed by Paul Roberts OBE who urged us to consider how the city arts programmes could produce creative citizens. Pat reported on the mapping data that was collected from six key organisations during the Bubble project.

After a series of four provocations the workshop participants discussed the possible plan for a city specific youth programme. Four groups also discussed:

  1. Achieving an effective structure for decision-making (especially where multiple partners are involved)
  1. Maintaining partners’ commitment and involvement – partnerships need to sustain impetus, provide leadership and direction, respond flexibly to changing needs, and make sure the partnership is achieving its aims;
  1. Committing adequate resources – partnerships require sufficient resources to facilitate meetings and other communication, apart from the funding required for specific partnership activities;
  1. Gathering data & Demonstrating impact – ultimately, partnerships should be able to provide evidence on the difference they make to their intended beneficiaries.

We look forward to being involved further with the CEP.

tale – new research


Tate Summer School 2015

Chris Hall and Pat Thomson have been awarded an Arts Council research grant. We are the university partners to Royal Shakespeare Company Education and Tate Learning. Our research will address the current gap in knowledge about what teachers do during and after they have been involved in high quality professional development in the performing and visual arts. We will also see how students experience and benefit (or not) from their teacher’s enhanced pedagogic content knowledge.

This is a longitudinal study, currently three years in duration. We will follow young people at three year levels – GSCE, and the two years of A levels – as they make decisions about subject choices and careers. We will work with thirty schools and sixty teachers – and a lot of young people!

We are currently setting this project up, choosing schools to contact, employing a researcher, getting ethical approvals sorted. The project has its own website and blog which can be found here.