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Culture: Education

Education written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Fiona Mactaggart Fiona Mactaggart Labour, Slough

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he has taken to promote the Government's Cultural Education Plan; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

‘Cultural education' was published on 5 July. The document sets out the Government's ambitions for cultural education and provides an overview of the programmes and opportunities open to children and young people in England.

The Secretary of State for Education and the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries held a cultural, roundtable on 5 June with a number of organisations in the arts sector to discuss the forthcoming document. Attendees included representatives from: the National Portrait Gallery, the Imperial War Museum, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Barbican, Classic FM, English Heritage, the British Film Institute, Arts Council England and head teachers. On 5 July the Secretary of State, wrote to these organisations and others, including the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Sadler's Wells and the Lyric Theatre, notifying them of the document's publication. He also wrote to the Chair of the Education Select Committee and Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, and issued a joint press notice with the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries.

The 'Cultural education' document can be found on the GOV.UK website(1). Its release was advertised through DFE social media channels, including to 13,500 DFE followers on Facebook and over 77,000 followers on Twitter.

(1) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cultural-education

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