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!

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 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)