Cultural Playing Field

The Henley Review 2 by Robin Simpson
May 6, 2011, 3:41 pm
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On Tuesday I was at DCMS in London to meet Darren Henley who is conducting the Government’s Cultural Education Review. Following his recent review of music education, Darren (the Managing Director of Classic FM) has been asked by the Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey, to look at all aspects of cultural education. He said he was speaking to around 60 opinion-formers over the new few weeks and would also be inviting written submissions. The key areas he is keen to address include: the Big Society; wellbeing and happiness; ‘Great Britain plc’; in-school and out-of-school education; formal and informal education; and paid-for and voluntary education. Our discussion, which also involved Selina Mehra from the National Campaign for the Arts, ranged widely but included a specific focus on how amateur arts groups can act as catalysts to seed interest from young people.

Robin Simpson.

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