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Truss Visits Royal Ballet School

Education Minister Elizabeth Truss confirms funding for the music and dance scheme

Published on 12 March 2014

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by Elizabeth Truss MP


London, England

Education Minister Elizabeth Truss underlined the government’s commitment to supporting the arts by confirming funding for a scheme that allows young dancers and musicians from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend world-class institutions like the Royal Ballet School (RBS).

The minister said that the music and dance scheme, which gives financial assistance to talented young artists who could not otherwise afford to attend, will receive £28 million for the next financial year.

The money will help young people attend 8 specialist independent schools and 21 centres for advanced training, including the RBS. Currently 89% of students attending the RBS receive financial assistance through this fund.

During her visit to the RBS, the minister also announced the Arts Council England’s new easy-to-use online resource cultural resources. From the Ashmolean Museum to the National Theatre this new resource gives teachers access to a store of information profiling the best of British culture, encouraging pupils to engage in the arts.

And following the submission of further evidence to the department, Ms Truss also confirmed results in dance and drama GCSEs will count separately in school performance tables.

Ms Truss said jobs of the future would require both creativity and the academic fundamentals of good literacy, numeracy and science.

Elizabeth Truss said:

"In an increasingly competitive labour market, young people need both core knowledge and the opportunity to be creative and artistic.

"That’s why we are supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who want to take part in music and arts education.

"This will ensure music and arts become an integral part of school life, giving our children a well-rounded education."

For more information about this press release visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/truss-visits-royal-ballet-school



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Posted 2014-03-12 14:25:00