A major new report on how school pupils engage with the arts has called for ring-fenced Government funding to ensure all children in primary and secondary schools have access to an “arts-rich” education.
The report identifies the key elements an ‘arts-rich’ school, saying that students in these:
The report also urges Russell Group universities to review their approach to facilitating subjects – those identified as providing young people with the most chance of getting into universities, and which do not include the arts – as well as calling for an ‘arts and culture premium’, modelled on the current £320m ring-fenced for sports in primary schools.
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Free drop-in art workshops during half term for children & families at
The SPACE, St Johns Road, St Leonards-on-Sea TN37 6HP
Tuesday 23 & Saturday 27 October 2018 from 1-3pm
The workshops will be inspired by the current project on site, Identity, a collaboration between artists from Hastings & Dordrecht – twin towns since 1982. Identity includes art work by Year 4 children at Ark Castledown Primary Academy, Hastings created in a workshop led by artists Yvo van der Vat & Ibrahim R. Ineke
The workshops will be led by one of Identity’s participating artists. Come along to paint, draw, make & transform objects & explore The SPACE. All materials are provided
Identity is realised with the support of The National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Project Grants,Hastings Borough Council & The Lions Club of Hastings
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LEVIATHAN follows Ahab, a ship captain hell-bent on capturing the white whale: Moby Dick, a beast as vast and dangerous as the sea itself, yet serene and beautiful beyond all imagining. Ahab’s crew are drawn into the unhinged charisma of their captain, blindly following him on his perilous adventure towards almost certain destruction.
Multi-award winning choreographer James Wilton re-imagines Herman Melville’s seminal novel, Moby Dick.
"It’s bold, innovative and exhilarating. It’s James Wilton Dance’s best production to date." 4.5★ The Reviews Hub
Featuring a cast of 6, Wilton’s trademark blend of athletic dance, martial arts, capoeira and partner-work, LEVIATHAN will have you on the edge of your seat. It will leave you gasping for air under the sheer ferocity of movement, all accompanied by a powerful electro-rock soundtrack by Lunatic Soul.
LEVIATHAN is man versus nature; be careful what you fish for.
LEVIATHAN has been commissioned by Blackpool Grand, Barnsley Civic, The Gulbenkian Theatre, Ocean City Festival, The Barbican Theatre, Plymouth University, Plymouth Culture, The Place and Swindon Dance. It is supported by grants from Arts Council England Grants for the Arts and the BBC Performing Arts Fund.
TICKETS: Adult £10, Child £5
Refreshments are available.
Thanks to Charlotte Moon from Hastings Museum for her introduction at our last HRAEN meeting, she spoke briefly about the Museums and Schools Programme which she will be working on. For more information please see the Arts Council page below in which Chief Executive Darren Henley tells us how the Museums and Schools Programme helps museums develop meaningful experiences for local students across the country.
Museums and School Programme
'The activities have opened [the students’] eyes to cultural experiences and learning in a fun environment. Some had never visited a museum or gallery. Importantly this offer is local, rather than requiring travel to elsewhere.'
Ofsted has announced a new inspection framework that will see it downgrade the importance of exam results in favour of assessing whether schools are offering a “broad, rich and deep” curriculum.
Speaking at a schools conference in Newcastle, Ofsted’s Chief Executive Amanda Spielman said: “We know that focusing too narrowly on test and exam results can often leave little time or energy for hard thinking about the curriculum, and in fact can sometimes end up making a casualty of it.”
She added that based on curriculum research and education sector feedback, Ofsted now believes that “a focus on performance data is coming at the expense of what is taught in schools”.
Ofsted will consult on the introduction of a new judgement for 'quality of education'. This will replace the current 'outcomes for pupils' and 'teaching, learning and assessment' judgements with a broader, single judgement.
For more information see the press release from Ofsted at:
Read 'The Creative School: Leading Cultural Learning', our new publication full of senior school leaders' testimony on strengthening creative and cultural learning. Featuring schools from a range of phases across the Royal Opera House Bridge region, the collection examines how heads and teachers have worked to embed the arts and culture in their schools.
“All children growing up today deserve the same opportunities to read, learn and fulfil their potential. Great school libraries are a vital part of improving outcomes for children. They do this in a range of different ways and through building a library habit which can support them throughout their education and beyond.” (CILIP)
The School Library Association and CILIP School Libraries Group have united to launch a 3-year evidence-based campaign. It aims to:
For more information go to: https://www.cilip.org.uk/page/GreatSchoolLibraries
Join the Young Creatives to explore your creative ambitions and develop new skills, working alongside curators and artists to influence DLWP and co-produce events.
Wednesday 10th October 6.30 – 8pm
For 14 – 21 years
FREE, booking essential. To book, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information go to the De La Warr Pavilion website: www.dlwp.com
Author: Catherine Sercombe
Date: 28 Aug 2018
The latest statistics on the number of teenagers pursuing an Arts based education have raised concerns about potential knock-on effects this might have on the creative industries. This is not a new conversation, and a position that is unlikely to change for schools in England soon – as reflected in the latest A Level and GCSE data. How do we ensure that young people who want to seek employment in the creative industries, or want to pursue arts based courses at higher education, have the skills and experience to do so?
Looking beyond the classroom
In lieu of classroom based opportunities to engage in the arts, one solution may be to look for ways to get involved in the creative fields outside of curriculum time. There are many opportunities beyond school in which young people can access quality arts provision, develop their arts skills and deliver their own creative projects for real audiences.
Arts Council England, supported by regional Bridge organisations, are paving the way with local cultural education partnerships, when it comes to offering coordinated arts and cultural experiences to all young people. The arts and cultural sector; made up of museums, art galleries, theatres, libraries, music education hubs among many other organisations, has a plethora of offers available for young people and is making good steps to ensure these opportunities are easily accessible.
At Trinity College London, we talk directly to young people about their experience of completing an Arts Award. This is particularly the case for those undertaking Gold Arts Award, as we know that the experience of working or participating in training in the arts sector and delivering an arts project, has a huge impact on the participants.
We not only witness a development in their personal skills but the platform also provides real life experiences to really demonstrate how they have put their skills into action when progressing to higher education or jobs. This type of experience is hugely important in a young person’s development, as we know that employers and higher education institutions expect young people to have applied their skills in a practical situation and not only being able to talk about the theory behind them.
Making it easier to deliver Gold
There is drive amongst the Arts Award community nationally to support more young people to access Gold Arts Award. This can be alongside their existing studies or through opportunities beyond the curriculum. The award challenges young people to lead, set personal challenges, solve problems, manage others (including their peers) and take greater responsibility for their own learning and development. It is an experience that will benefit them in any part of their life. For our part, we have made it even easier for young people to take part in Gold. Anyone that works with young people can now access Gold adviser training as a standalone session without having to train at the other levels. This training is open for bookings, with sessions taking place from September onwards. Find out more at www.artsaward.org.uk/training.
If you value young people and want to provide them with access to great arts experiences and help them develop skills required to progress to higher education or the world of work then delivering Gold could be the route for you. But don’t take our word for it! Find out what young people say and the doors it has opened for them over at Arts Award Voice.
In my previous blogs, I’ve talked about the value arts based qualifications provide when it comes to developing employability skills and ensure future success in the working world. The arts can be used as vehicles for young people to be active citizens, creating a sense of community in turn. Quality arts and cultural experiences can be as rewarding (as they are challenging), but ultimately the arts provide opportunities to inspire young people to think creatively, to take risks and try something new. Even if they fail, these pathways will often give students a chance to try again, developing a whole repertoire of skills, abilities and confidence they didn’t even know they had!
We have a responsibility to young people to ensure they have access to as many opportunities at local level as is feasibly possible. However, when schools are unable to dedicate resource to the arts; the creative industries and youth sectors have a responsibility to ensure that we provide opportunities to upskill young people for their chosen careers. At the very least, we should be looking to provide the skills and experiences that develop them as future leaders.
Inside a shipping container is something intimate and intricate. Unkindest Cut, by Sadhana Dance, interweaves dance, performance, text and film around an intricate light installation exploring some of the complex issues around young people and mental health.
It integrates their voices and stories to create a world that is emotionally rich, dark, captivating and sensitive. Unkindest Cut is a collaboration with audiovisual artists Kathy Hinde and Matthew Olden and lighting designer Aideen Malone, developed in association with Consultant Adolescent Psychiatrist, Dr Partha Banerjea and the South London and Maudsley Adolescent Mental Health Services.
In addition to public performances, there will be workshops with local young people, exploring the themes of the work.
Performances are FREE and each lasts for 30 minutes at Battle Recreation Ground:
Sat 27th Oct: 12.45pm & 5pm
Sun 28th Oct: 11am & 4.45pm
READ MORE: Subathra Subramaniam, artistic director of Sadhana Dance spoke to journalist Donald Hutera about dance and social change
For more information go to the Battle Festival website www.battlefestival.co.uk
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De La Warr Pavilion
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Hastings Borough Council
Hastings Museum & Art Gallery
Pallant House Gallery
Rother District Council
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