A £20 million action plan has been launched setting out how learners in Wales will engage with the arts.
Creative Learning through the Arts has been devised by the Welsh government and the Arts Council of Wales in response to Professor Dai Smith's independent report, Arts in Education in the Schools of Wales.
It has three main aims: to improve attainment through creativity; to increase and improve arts opportunities in schools; and to support teachers and arts practitioners to develop their skills in order to deliver higher levels of pupil attainment.
A new Lead Creative Schools Scheme will bring creative practitioners - including artists, musicians, actors, filmmakers and designers - into schools to work together with pupils and teachers.
Schools across Wales, including many from disadvantaged areas, are being encouraged to sign up to the initiative.
An All-Wales Arts and Education Programme will improve and complement teaching across the curriculum by drawing on the knowledge and practice of artists, arts and cultural organisations.
Four regional networks are to be established to facilitate the sharing of knowledge relating to best practice, and provide training opportunities for arts and cultural organisations to meet the needs of schools and the curriculum.
Later this year, a new arts and creative learning portal will be developed to communicate the various opportunities available.
Welsh education minister Huw Lewis said: "We...will be working closely with the regional education consortia, partners in local authorities, education and the wider arts sector in [the plan's] delivery."
"I'm confident the actions we've identified will provide learners from all backgrounds with greater exposure to the arts and enable them to take advantage of the many benefits that the arts have to offer," he added.
The plan supports the three key education priorities set out by the Welsh government - improving literacy, improving numeracy and reducing the impact of poverty on attainment.
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