Reading and listening list

Podcasts, resources, blogs, toolkits and reports to explore before/after the Engage Conference to spark conversation and ideas around the theme of young people’s cultural entitlement.

Keep an eye on this page as further items are added!

Durham Commission on Creativity and Education

The Durham Commission is a joint research collaboration between Durham University and Arts Council England, convened to look at the role creativity and creative thinking should play in the education of young people.

On page 40 you’ll find information on City of Dreams, the ten-year programme aiming to give every child and young person in Newcastle and Gateshead access to arts and culture and the inspiration for the Engage Conference 2019.

See the ACE website for further information and to download the report

Podcast: Is art education in crisis?

The Art Newspaper talks to the artist Bob and Roberta Smith about their campaign for art’s place at the centre of the curriculum, look at the National Art and Design Saturday Club initiative offering a free Saturday learning programme and talk to two professors at Goldsmiths College about the pressures and realities of art schools today. In the US, they talk to the co-author of a study on the benefits of art education in schools.

Arts Council England Cultural Education Data Portal

The portal brings together and provides easy access to data on children and young people at a local authority, regional and national level. Last updated Last updated October 2017.

Click here to access the portal

Evaluation of the Creative Learning Through the Arts Programme Report 3: Interim Evaluation Report 

Wavehill, for the Welsh Government, April 2019

This report focusses on assessing progress made to date and beginning to explore the evidence of emerging outcomes from the Evaluation of the Creative Learning through the Arts programme.

Download the report (pdf)

Primary Colours: The decline of arts education in primary schools and how it can be reversed 

This 2019 Fabian Society report Primary Colours 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.

Download the report (pdf)

An Unequal Playing Field: Extra-curricular Activities, Soft Skills and Social Mobility 

Social Mobility Commission, July 2019 

This report highlights disparities in children’s participation rates across a wide range of extra-curricular activities depending on their social background.

Download the report (pdf)

Ethnic diversity makes Britain’s culture great. It would be a disaster if we lost it 

Akram Khan, The Guardian, 2019 

Figures show nearly 40% of our top cultural figures come from migrant or minority ethnic backgrounds — but barriers still exist

Read the opinion piece here

We must tackle disability prejudice if all young people are to enjoy the arts 

Nicky Goulder, Co-founder and CEO of Create, The Guardian, 2019 

Bringing disabled and non-disabled children together in a welcoming venue can make the richness of the arts accessible to all

Read the full article here

Changing Lives: the social impact of participation in culture and sport 

House of Commons, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, 2019

The DCMS Committee’s report Changing Lives: the social impact of participation in culture and sport finds that opportunities to reap major benefits in criminal justice, education and health are being missed by the failure of Government to recognise and harness social impact.

Download the full report (pdf)

Panic! Social Class, Taste and Inequalities in the Creative Industries 

Arts Emergency, Create London and Universities of Sheffield and Edinburgh, 2018

Panic! Social Class, Taste and Inequalities in the Creative Industries is the first sociological study on social mobility in the cultural industries, and was released by Create London and Arts Emergency on April 16, 2018.

Download the paper (pdf)

Quality Principles Toolkit: Resources to develop the quality of children and young people’s arts and cultural experiences 

Culture Bridge North East, 2018 

Resources to develop the quality of children and young people’s arts and cultural experiences, including tools to review, develop, plan and evaluate your work.

Download the toolkit (pdf)

Do Schools Kill Creativity? 

Ken Robinson, Ted Talk, Feb 2006 

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence


Taking Part Survey

The Taking Part survey is a continuous face to face household survey of adults aged 16 and over and children aged 5 to 15 years old in England. It has run since 2005 and is the main evidence source for DCMS and its sectors.

View the results online

Cultural Peeps Podcast Series

This Podcast by Conference Contributor Iain Wheeldon series is part of an ongoing project which explores different Career Pathways across the Museum, Gallery, Heritage and wider Cultural Sectors.

Listen to the podcast online

The Social and Cultural Value of Participatory Arts for Young People

Culture Bridge North East blog post by Florrie Darling, a PhD researcher from the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University, April 2019

Read the blog post online

The Cultural Learning Evidence Champions Handbook

This handbook is a guide to getting to grips with what the RSA call the ‘evidence agenda’ in arts and cultural learning. Published in 2019.

Read the full report online

We must tackle disability prejudice if all young people are to enjoy the arts

Bringing disabled and non-disabled children together in a welcoming venue can make the richness of the arts accessible to all, writes Nicky Goulder, Co-founder and CEO of Create for The Guardian, 2019

Read the full article here

Changing Lives: the social impact of participation in culture and sport

The House of Commons, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s report Changing Lives: the social impact of participation in culture and sport finds that opportunities to reap major benefits in criminal justice, education and health are being missed by the failure of Government to recognise and harness social impact.

Download the report (pdf)


Podcast: Thrive – Young Lives

Young people aged 15–18 from Gravesend in Kent talk to their peers both locally and across the UK about what it’s like to be a young person in 2019.

Listen to the podcast below or click here to be taken to the anchor.fm website

Arts Backpack: A Feasibility Study 

Action for Children’s Arts, Jan 2019 

This study was commissioned by Action for Children’s Arts (ACA) to explore the feasibility of a pilot project for an Arts BackPack for primary-aged children living in the UK.

Download Arts BackPack: A Feasibility Study (pdf)

Culture and Connection: How can Children and Young People shape their Creative Future?

National Youth Arts Advisory Group, 2019

The Culture and Connection report by Creative Scotland and Young Scot examines how young people across Scotland can shape their creative future. The report is based on findings from the National Youth Arts Advisory Group which first met in June 2017, and a national survey of young people, conducted by Young Scot, which saw 617 young people take part.

The report made a series of recommendations, in three areas, including community participation, recognition and pathways for growth

Download the Culture and Connection report (pdf)

What is Cultural Capital?  

Cultural Learning Alliance blog post, 2019 

For the first time, the new Ofsted framework requires schools to develop their pupils’ cultural capital. In this 2019 blog post, the Cultural Learning Alliance provide a quick summary of some of the history, academic thinking and definitions of this key term.

Read the full blog post here

Young People’s Cultural Journeys 

Arts Connect, June 2018 

A report of research findings compiled by Morris Hargreaves McIntyre, the largest cultural strategy agency in the UK, and one of the UK’s most creative, participatory arts organisations, We Are Frilly. The data was gathered across 11 wards of the West Midlands through creative peer-led qualitative research with 207 young people and a demographically representative survey of 1607 young people. 

Download the Young People’s Cultural Journeys June 2018 report (pdf)

Time to Listen… to what young people and teachers say about the power and importance of arts and cultural education

University of Nottingham, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Tate, 2018

This comprehensive research study examines the benefits of arts and cultural education. Funded by Arts Council England, and conducted in secondary and special schools in England, 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 to examine the benefits of arts and cultural education

Download the Time to Listen research report (pdf)

Imagine Nation: The Case for Cultural Learning

Cultural Learning Alliance, 2017

ImagineNation: the value of Cultural Learning includes key statistics, facts, quotes and evidence, presenting a comprehensive and compelling case for the value of cultural learning within and beyond our education system.

Download the Imagine Nation: The Case for Cultural Learning report (pdf)

Key Research Findings: The Case for Cultural Learning

Cultural Learning Alliance, 2017

The Key Research Findings were funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and build on the work of the DCMS CASE review. Using only evidence from cohort studies with large sample sizes (typically 12,000) and research with control groups, the finding demonstrates that there are instrumental outcomes which cultural learning delivers. 

Download Key Research Findings: The Case for Cultural Learning (pdf)

Future Views Toolkit 

Flow Associates 

A toolkit created by Flow Associates in partnership with Artswork, Royal Opera House Bridge and Festival Bridge and Local Cultural Education Partnerships in the South East of England to support exploration of big questions about making and consuming culture, learning, and working in the future. 

View the Future Views toolkit online

Cultural Education in England: An independent review by Darren Henley for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Education

Darren Henley, 2015

An independent review of cultural education in England, commissioned by the Secretary of State for Education and the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries in 2015. Darren Henley, then Managing Director of Global Radio’s national classical music station, Classic FM, was asked to consider how the government can ensure the ambition that every child should experience a wide variety of high-quality cultural experiences, ensuring both quality and best use of public investment

Download the Cultural Education in England report (pdf)

Culture and Poverty: Harnessing the power of the arts, culture and heritage to promote social justice in Wales

Baroness Kay Andrews, March 2014

Recommends how cultural organisations can help reduce poverty and promote social justice.

Download the Culture and Poverty report (pdf)