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There have been strong research studies since 2010 about relationships between arts and cultural engagement and educational attainment and later life outcomes. Our own In Harmony initaitve, based on the incredibly successful Venezuelan El Sistema programme, has its own proof of this - more of which you can read on at the bottom of this page. 

Other examples from the evidence review include:

  • literacy attainment levels are improved if a pupil takes part in drama and library activities
  • reading literary fiction can enhance the 'theory of mind' - our everyday understanding of what someone else is thinking or feeling
  • some evidence suggests participation in arts activities facilitates discussion in children around topics, such as identity and citizenship

For more, read the full report: The value and impact of arts and culture on people and society - an evidence review.

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