CLA ImagineNation report on benefits of arts education

A report from the Cultural Learning Alliance setting out the developmental and social advantages derived from arts and cultural education.

The report's key findings are below

  • Participation in structured arts activities can increase cognitive abilities by 17%
  • Learning through arts and culture can improve attainment in Maths & English
  • Learning through arts and culture develops skills and behaviour that lead children to do better in school
  • Students from low-income families who take part in arts activities at school are three times more likely to get a degree
  • Employability of students who study arts subjects is higher and they are more likely to stay in employment
  • Students from low-income families who engage in the arts at school are twice as likely to volunteer
  • Students from low-income families who engage in the arts at school are 20% more likely to vote as young adults
  • Young offenders who take part in arts activities are 18% less likely to re-offend
  • Children who take part in arts activities in the home during their early years are ahead in reading and Maths at age nine
  • People who take part in the arts are 38% more likely to report good health