ImagineNation: the value of cultural learning published by the Cultural Learning Alliance (CLA) provides evidence and is a 'call to arms' setting out how studying arts and culture changes and shapes the lives of children and young people.
The CLA state: 'ImagineNation is a call to arms for everyone in education and the arts in the UK today. Every effort must be made to halt the erosion of the arts as an essential pillar in the structure of education, and to ensure that all children are the recipients of a broad and balanced education.
We need to support our schools and settings, many of which are struggling under the weight of complex bureaucracies and competing agendas.'
Sally Bacon of Clore Duffield Foundation and Founder of the CLA describes the ImagineNation report as 'a love letter to cultural learning'.
The report is divided into four sections examining what the CLA describe as 'The four values of cultural learning: Social, Educational, Economic and Personal'. In the form of 10 key research findings the report provides compelling reasons which show that the arts and culture are not an add-on, or a nice-to-have, but are part of the fabric of our society:
1. Participation in structured arts activities can increase cognitive abilities by 17%.
2. Learning through arts and culture can improve attainment in Maths and English.
3. Learning through arts and culture develops skills and behaviour that lead children to do better in school.
4. Students from low-income families who take part in arts activities at school are three times more likely to get a degree.
5. Employability of students who study arts subjects is higher and they are more likely to stay in employment.
6. Students from low-income families who engage in the arts at school are twice as likely to volunteer.
7. Students from low-income families who engage in the arts at school are 20% more likely to vote as young adults.
8. Young offenders who take part in arts activities are 18% less likely to re-offend.
9. Children who take part in arts activities in the home during their early years are ahead in reading and Maths at age nine.
10. People who take part in the arts are 38% more likely to report good health.
Each of these evidenced-based findings can be downloaded as a postcard here.