Type of Report: Summary of Evidence






Leadership, workforce development and skills in the arts, creative and cultural sector: Evidence Review

Arts Council England commissioned Consilium Research and Consultancy to undertake an assessment of leadership, skills, and workforce diversity and development in the arts, creative and cultural sector.   The key questions that the review seeks to answer are:
  1. How has the sector progressed with regard to leadership, workforce development, workforce diversity and skill levels since 2010?
  2. How does this progress compare to other sectors in the economy?
  3. What new and innovative models of workforce development are other sectors adopting, on an international level, to ensure their workforces are prepared for the challenges of an increasingly global economy?
  4. What challenges will the arts, creative and cultural...


    Date Published: 25th September 2018
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Impact of school closures on the attainment gap

Education Endowment Foundation (2020) Impact of school closures on the attainment gap: Rapid Evidence Assessment, London: Education Endowment Foundation.   This rapid evidence assessment aimed to examine the potential impact of school closures on the attainment gap, based on a systematic search of existing literature. Eleven studies were identified that provided quantitative evidence about the impact of school closures on attainment gaps. A subset of nine studies provided comparable estimates that could be synthesised.   Although the search included school closures with a range of causes (including due to adverse weather, hurricanes, teacher industrial action and pandemics) the final group of robust estimates...


Date Published: 2nd June 2020
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Character and Resilience and the Outdoors

Over the last 7 years there has been a growing case made for developing non-cognitive skills in young people as well as the more easily identified and measurable cognitive skills. In developing the whole child both sets of skills should be the focus for child development, the two skill sets are inextricably linked.   This report from Martin Smith and Outdoor Citizens explores character and resilience in the context of outdoor education and looks at what this means for employability and social mobility. It highlights that the evidence shows that the outdoors, adventure and challenge activities have a real impact on...


Date Published: 17th July 2019
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Arts and Culture in Health and Wellbeing and in the Criminal Justice System: A Summary of Evidence

Arts Council England has undertaken an assessment of the current evidence base around the place of arts and culture in health and wellbeing and in the criminal justice system. The key themes this review explores are:
  • can arts and culture make a contribution to reducing (re)offending?
  • the impact of art and culture on health and wellbeing throughout life
  • the role of art and culture in physical, psychological and social health
This report provides a summary of the evidence, and highlights key themes within the evidence base to inform Arts Council England's future strategic priorities.


Date Published: 23rd November 2018
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