Cultural Education Matters, a unique one-day event took place on 8 June 2018 at AUB campus, hosted by Wave Arts Education Agency.

Wave Arts Education Agency works with schools, young people, artists and local cultural organisations across the South West of England to provide inspiring creative projects, resources, training and workshops for schools.

Aimed at headteachers, school governors, subject leads, and local creative organisations, Cultural Education Matters explored the critical role arts and creative subjects should play in the school curricula. The conference included a networking lunch and the opportunity for the students and guests to have a tour and private view of the HE Summer Show.

The event began with a welcome introduction from AUB’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart Bartholomew, and a keynote talk by Susan Aykin, National Lead for Visual and Performing Arts at OFSTED.

Presentations and perspectives followed the introduction from Feversham Academy headteacher, Naveed Idrees, and Head of Music, Jimmy Rotheram, about how they turned their OFSTED rating around by putting music and cultural education at the centre of the curriculum. Alongside this, AUB reflected on the approach to arts subjects in higher education.

Additional presentations were also provided from local champions, Baden-Powell and St Peter’s School, Poole, Real Ideas Organisation, and Arts Council England.

Find out more about Wave Arts Education Agency.