Minister announces increased funding to support music and the arts in new curriculum

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Jeremy Miles, Minister for Education and the Welsh Language. Photo Welsh Government.

Jeremy Miles, Minister for Education and Welsh Language, has announced additional funding of £ 6.82million to support creativity in the program by providing additional music resources to schools.

The announcement is part of the Welsh Government’s program for the government’s commitment to establish a national music service and aims to improve opportunities to learn and play musical instruments.

An additional £ 3million will be funded by the Arts Council Wales to extend the Creative Learning through the Arts (CLTA) program for three years.

Since its inception in 2015, more than a third of schools in Wales have participated in the Lead Creative Schools program.

The new phase of the CLTA program is intended to enable more schools to become a lead creative school, receiving support from arts professionals to carry out creative learning projects within their schools.

As a first step, the funding will make musical instruments available to learners who are less likely to already have access to them, such as those entitled to free school meals.

Funding for suitable musical instruments and specialized equipment will also be available for learners with additional learning needs (ALN) in regular and special schools, to ensure that access to music education is available. for everyone.

Integrate creativity

Jeremy Miles said: “We know that music and creativity can benefit young people in all aspects of their learning, and access to this should not be determined by where you are from.

“I am pleased to announce this funding to provide musical resources to support the new curriculum and extend the Creative Learning Through the Arts program for an additional three years, and I am committed to ensuring that all learners have access to these opportunities. within schools.

Arts Council Wales Chairman Phil George said: “The expansion of the Creative Learning through the Arts program is a testament to its success since 2015.

“The partnership of amazing teachers with professional creative practitioners has enabled learners to experience a new kind of classroom environment, one that uses creativity to open up pathways in all school subjects, and one that taps into curiosity. and a young learner’s natural imagination to solve problems and unleash their own potential.

This third phase of the program will further integrate creative approaches into the practice of more and more schools as they respond to the exciting opportunities of the new program. This partnership with the Welsh government puts the arts in their place, at the heart of society and for the benefit of all. “

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