Cultural Education: A Guide for School Governors

Governing boards have an important responsibility to ensure that their school offers pupils a wide and varied curriculum, and creative teaching and learning is a core component of this. 

Arts Council England, Music Mark and the National Governors Association have produced a resource to support you in your role as governor and critical friend.

"There are many sources of cultural engagement for children and young people through the education programmes of local theatres, galleries, orchestras, museums, libraries and community arts organisations. But it is the school that is best placed to pursue the ambition that every single child and young person has that engagement.

Governors need to think about cultural education as it’s a statutory requirement. Maintained schools must follow the National Curriculum, which requires Art & Design and Music to be taught up to age 14 (KS3). There are also minimum requirements for Drama to be delivered within the English curriculum, and Dance within PE.

Does your school offer a broad and balanced curriculum that develops creativity through cultural education?"

This 2016 guide is full of resources and questions to ask as a governor. Download it below.