Can the Arts help Achievement?
The arts have always played a vital role in a school’s curriculum. They provide the balance between those highly structured academic subjects like maths, English and science. They can give children experience of culture and belonging away from the routine of the classroom.
Beyond this however, they can provide the key for some children to flourish. Lack of progress in the subjects mentioned above does not mean that a child cannot achieve success in school. It might be in music, art, design – all manner of things that just releases talent that within the formal subjects remains hidden. This can then lead to an increase in confidence so that they will have a go at those (for them) ‘difficult’ subjects. It can also move them into a new group of friends who are now in awe of their skills.
FILMCLUB together with Save the Children UK and the Times Educational Supplement are holding a debate entitled ‘Closing the Gap’. The purpose of the debate which has a line-up of highly respected speakers is to bring attention to the continuing gap in educational achievement between children from different economic and social backgrounds. It’s focus is the arts and how they can raise the aspirations of children in challenging areas who have not had the best of starts in their educational lives.
The purpose of this post is to invite you to join the debate. Have you had children in your classes who have seemed to be very much at the poorer end academically but have blossomed through singing or dancing? Have you used the arts to raise literacy levels? If you are a parent, how is your child’s artistic talent supported in school? What do you think the implications of the spending cuts will be on the arts in schools? Will those be the areas that will be cut first?
Although there are no more tickets available for the debate, the organisers want as many views to be passed through to the speakers. Please leave your views below in the comments. They will then be collected and passed on to the speakers. This is not a sponsored post – I just feel passionately that the arts must have a stronger voice in our children’s education.