Cultural education can enhance aspiration and ambition, develop communication and build discipline and confidence in young people. It can enrich teaching and learning across the curriculum, encourage parental engagement and has a profound effect on the ethos of a school.

Our collection of cultural education guidance for governing boards explores the benefits of arts, culture and creativity and explains how you can positively influence provision in your school or trust.

Guide to arts, culture and creativityGuide to danceGuide to musicGuide to art, craft and design

Arts, culture and creativity: a guide for governing boards

This guide provides an introduction to cultural education, outlining how you can work strategically to achieve your ambition for all pupils to receive a rich and diverse cultural education. The guide recommends the following approach:

  • make cultural education part of your vision for the future
  • use your vision to develop strategic goals and policy
  • engage stakeholders in a whole school approach
  • invest sufficient resources

Download arts, culture and creativity guide for governing boards (PDF)

We recommend that boards also refer to our Being Strategic guidance; a framework for creating, monitoring and reviewing strategy.

Subject-specific guides: dance, music, and art, craft and design

Governing boards have an important responsibility to ensure their school or trust offers pupils a broad and rich curriculum which includes diverse and wide-ranging art forms and cultural experiences. Our subject-specific guides outline the characteristics and enablers of high quality provision. The guides also provide recommendations for monitoring provision in your school or trust.

Download dance guide for governing boards (PDF)

Download music guide for governing boards (PDF)

Download art, craft and design guide for governing boards (PDF)

Arts and cultural education for school improvement

Subscribers to NGA Learning Link can also access an e-learning module which has been designed to help governing boards understand how arts and cultural education can be used for school improvement.

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