EEF partnering with the RSA on cultural learning

Kevan Collins on the EEF's new partnership with the RSA

As part of his Autumn Statement on Wednesday, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, announced support for a project developed by the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) to investigate the impact of cultural learning on disadvantaged children’s attainment and wider outcomes. We’ll be collaborating with the RSA to test a range of high-potential arts education programmes in schools.

This follows on from the EEF's review of the evidence relating to arts education, published a year ago.

Commenting on the new partnership, Sir Kevan Collins said:

"All children, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, deserve a well-rounded, culturally rich, education. But at a time of funding pressure and curriculum changes, the future of arts education in schools is uncertain.

"For schools to be able to commit time and resources to arts activities, it's important that they have access to high-quality evidence of the relative benefits of different arts programmes and approaches, both on attainment and wider outcomes.

"We're delighted to be partnering with the RSA, and with the support of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, to help achieve that. Over the next few years, we'll fund trials of different arts activities across hundreds of schools in England. The evidence these activities generate will put schools, government and arts organisations in a much better position to decide between the relative merits of different cultural learning approaches."