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‘Cultural education’ under review

(UKPA) – Apr 8, 2011

Ministers have launched a review of cultural education, saying every child should have a chance to take part in the arts.

The review, led by Classic FM boss Darren Henley, will look at what a good cultural education should include, and how children can benefit.

Evidence suggests that a quality cultural education, covering areas such as performance and visual arts, can help to boost academic achievement and improve behaviour and concentration, the Government said.

Culture minister Ed Vaizey said: “Our culture brings audiences from across the world and we are particularly adept at producing world-leading performers and artists. To remain in such a strong position we need to be sure that we are giving children the best start in their cultural education.

“This should not just be an optional extra, but an essential part of every child’s school life.”

Mr Henley said: “Providing children with an excellent cultural education provides them with knowledge and skills that stay with them for the rest of their lives.”