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Many schools are simply not aware of the opportunities available. A national audit of current standards in, and provision for, creative and cultural education in schools is needed to provide a clear picture of available opportunities and of specific gaps in provision. This audit should identify strengths and weaknesses in current provision, in each area of the curriculum; in different areas of the country; and in the existing patterns of partnership between schools and other providers. It should be updated on a bi-annual basis to provide a comprehensive and accumulating body of evidence to inform future policy-making. The information should be distributed on the National Grid for Learning. could provide the basis for a regional register of opportunities to help providers and users in all sectors to make informed judgements and have clear expectations.

The organisation AXIS has compiled a national central registry of contemporary visual artists and craftspeople, which is available free of charge and stored on a computer database.

Young Tate, Liverpool Whether a museum sees itself as an agent in social regeneration or as a service provider, working with young people can pay great dividends. It institutes a more responsive and outward-looking approach; broadens understanding of the contemporary significance of collections and exhibitions; and sustains the awareness of the necessity of meeting the needs and interests of a new audience. In 1993 the Tate Gallery, Liverpool formed a consultative group made up of young people. This group became known as Young Tate and it helps to advise on ways of making the gallery and its exhibitions more accessible to young people. Apart from its advisory role, one of the strengths of the Young Tate programme is the development of peer education. Young Tate members are paid a fee for leading workshops and projects for other young people in the gallery. They are introduced to the display or exhibition at planning meetings and then presented with ideas for the workshop which have been drafted in advance by the artist facilitator and the Young Tate coordinator. Further ideas and suggestions are then explored. At present, training for this peer-led work is informal, but work is underway to establish a more formal training programme, drawing on models of good practice within the voluntary and statutory youth services. Information provided by The Museums Association

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This should cover all areas of the curriculum and a variety of schemes, including one-off performances and workshops to longer-term projects and residencies. The register could be co-

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