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Folk Culture: Education

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will have discussions with the English Folk Dance and Song Society for the inclusion of England’s traditional folk dance and song in the provision of five hours a week of culture for schoolchildren; and if he will make a statement. (188009)

[holding answer 21 February 2008]: We have published a prospectus for the ‘Find Your Talent’ programme seeking applications from partnerships to pilot an offer of five hours of quality arts and culture a week for children and young people. We have set out a core range of activities we believe young people should be able to engage with, including the chance to play music or sing in ensembles, and take part in dance performances. But we want local communities, schools and young people themselves to be involved in designing the offer. Organisations wishing to express an interest in piloting the offer locally should contact the relevant local authority and other major cultural sector partners in their area to discuss forming a partnership. National organisations should contact the Creative Partnerships team at:

http://www.creative-partnerships.com/offer

10 pilots will trial different ways of delivering a cultural offer. They will build on cultural activity already taking place. Children and young people already experience folk song and dance through the National Curriculum and through activities outside the curriculum.