Assessment of the impact of arts on learning

The Cultural Learning Alliance has published key findings demonstrating the impact of the arts on the social and educational achievements of children and young people. Amongst the findings, based on a review of all available large-scale English language data including from the US, are:

  • Learning through arts and culture improves attainment in all subjects
  • Participation in structured arts activities increases cognitive abilities
  • Students from low-income families who take part in arts activities at school are three times more likely to get a degree
  • The employability of students who study arts subjects is higher and they are more likely to stay in employment
  • Students who engage in the arts at school are twice as likely to volunteer and are 20% more likely to vote as young adults
Supported using public funding by the Arts Council England