Governors arts and cultural module a success

Following the launch of a new cultural education e-learning module for school governors last year, we’ve been working closely with the National Governance Association to enhance this valuable tool even further, which will re-launch on 6 November 2019.

The module provides the opportunity for governors and trustees to develop their understanding of what arts and cultural education means and how it can improve outcomes.

It focuses on six key areas where schools can use arts and cultural education to improve outcomes for:

  • a broad and balanced curriculum
  • school community and parents
  • health and wellbeing
  • spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
  • social mobility
  • developing life skills and employability skills

When it first launched in December 2018, it was the second most popular elearning module on the NGA’s Learning Link platform under ‘Safeguarding’, a compulsory module. Learners have commented on its value;

“This is an excellent course for governors to understand the importance of arts and cultural education in schools and also governor’s roles in strengthening and improving this area of their school. A wealth of resources to refer to and insightful videos are a great benefit.”

The revised module aligns arts and cultural provision with the new Ofsted framework and includes more video content. Paul Aber, Head of Training Development for the National Governance Association says:

“The overall response to the module has been extremely positive and suggests that the module is having an impact with more than nine out of ten governors and trustees, indicating that it has - and will - change their governance approach with 98% recommending the module to others. The new version of the module has been refined to reflect the new Ofsted framework and the importance arts and cultural education has in relation to Quality of Education and personal development judgements. In response to the popularity of the first version it also includes new case study films focussing on the impact arts and cultural provision has across a multitude of settings.”

The module, Arts and cultural education: improving your school and its curriculum, has been developed in partnership with Arts Council England. To find out more visit

published date: 
Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Cultural education gives children and young people the opportunity to develop their creativity, both individually and collectively, and that's why our goal is for every child and young person to have the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts.

Darren Henley
Chief Executive
Arts Council England

It's vital that children have the opportunity to learn and enjoy arts and culture from an early age. It develops their creativity, inspires future careers and enriches their childhood.

Artsmark Award does brilliant work in schools and education to ensure young people access a broad and balanced curriculum that includes high-quality arts and culture.

Michael Ellis MP
Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism
Department of Culture, Media and Sport