Cultural Learning Alliance

The arts fuel children’s curiosity and critical capacity. They are every child’s birthright. It is vital that children engage with the arts early in their lives.

Arts Council England
Achieving Great Art for Everyone, 2011

About Us

What we know about cultural learning: our core principles

The Principles of Cultural Learning

  1. Every child and young person should have equality of access to a baseline
    of quality cultural learning opportunities.
  2. Cultural learning happens inside and outside of schools and colleges, and
    in a wide range of settings.
  3. Families, parents and carers are important providers of cultural learning.
  4. Young people shape the cultural landscape and are the arts
    professionals of the future. They should be empowered and supported to
    engage with, lead and drive the cultural learning agenda.
  5. Cultural learning involves diverse practice and encompasses the arts,
    heritage and knowledge valued by all individuals, cultures and communities.
  6. Arts subjects taught in schools and other settings as part of the curriculum
    have depth, rigour and an established canon of knowledge. They are of
    equal weight, status, value and importance within the curriculum as other
    subjects, and require equal resource and provision.
  7. Partnership, collaboration, a shared commitment and a collegiate approach
    from those who use cultural learning in their work with young people are key
    to its successful delivery.
  8. Cultural learning enriches our national life and intrinsically makes
    a contribution to our society. It is critical to the development of our
    economy. Through cultural learning young people gain the skills to
    become creative and cultural professionals and to contribute effectively
    to the wider workforce.
  9. Cultural learning inspires civic engagement and helps neighbourhoods to make positive changes through collective ownership of culture. This leads to personal,
    social and community benefit and a shared sense of place.
  10. Cultural learning has clearly evidenced educational and social
    outcomes. Young people who have the opportunity to learn through and
    about culture are better equipped to achieve across the curriculum, and to
    take responsibility for their own learning. Attendance, attitude and wellbeing
    are all improved by engagement with culture. Cultural learning practice
    should be informed by rigorous research and evaluation into impact
    and outcome.

The work of the Cultural Learning Alliance builds on the recommendations from the consultation report Get It: The Power of Cultural Learning, 2009.

 Folkestra at Ridley Hall 09: Photograph by Mark Savage
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