Impact of arts education on the cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes of school-aged children a review of evidence commissioned by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). The EEF is an independent grant-making charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement, ensuring that children and young people from all backgrounds can fulfil their potential and make the most of their talents. EEF resources aim to support evidence informed practice, summarising existing evidence, comparing school data and helping schools to evaluate practice.
This literature review was commissioned by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to assess the evidence of impact of arts education on cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes of children from pre-school to compulsory school age (ages 3 to 16). In this review, we considered arts education to include a broad range of subjects including the traditional fine arts (e.g. visual arts, music, dance, performing arts, theatre and dance) as well as modern dance and movement, hip hop, poetry and creative writing.