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Teachers Cast Doubts over Cultural Access Plan

Magazine article Public Finance

Teachers Cast Doubts over Cultural Access Plan

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There are neither enough funds nor 'hours in the day' to deliver government plans for all children to receive five hours of culture a week, teachers have warned.

Culture Secretary Andy Burnham and Schools Secretary Ed Balls announced plans on February 13 to give children access to the theatre, art galleries, music lessons and other cultural activities.

'What we're trying to do is put in place a structured programme across the country so that all young people, not just a few, get the chance to do these things that really broaden your horizon,' Burnham said.

A £25m pilot programme will launch the scheme, while the government will pump an extra £110m into the Creative Partnerships Programme to bring arts organisations into schools.

But teachers' unions feared that lack of funds and an already- full timetable would hamper the initiative. …

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