A task and finish group is to be set up to take the work of the review forward and will be chaired by the Chair of the Arts Council of Wales, Professor Dai Smith.
The focus of the review will be on improving the quality and range of arts in schools. Members of the group will look at what schools are doing to encourage participation in the arts, how the arts sector engages with schools and what opportunities are available for learners – particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The review will also identify good practice and the barriers to good practice, making recommendations on how arts organisations can better support schools to develop creative skills.
Announcing the review today, Education Minister Leighton Andrews said:
“We need to ensure that all our young people – and particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds – have contact with the arts and the chance to develop their creative skills.
“It is vital that we identify and foster good practice and examine how the arts can be used most effectively in schools – particularly in terms of promoting literacy, developing emotional wellbeing and educating learners about social issues.
“The task and finish group will give us a much clearer picture of how schools and arts organisations interact with each other and what needs to be done to support schools in widening access to the arts.”
Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage, Huw Lewis said:
“Our Programme for Government outlines our commitment to maximise participation in the arts, and widen access to our museums, libraries and heritage sites, particularly by helping and encouraging low income families and children to access our services.
“We know that arts subjects can make unique, distinct contributions to each young person’s ability to imagine, create and communicate so that they become confident and creative individuals.
“The establishment of a task and finish group will help us to raise the profile of the arts in education and push forwards an agenda of universal access and participation.”
Schools and arts organisations across Wales will be consulted during the course of the review. The group will examine good practice in Wales and elsewhere and will present draft recommendations to Ministers in March 2013. The report will be published by summer 2013.