Why we should look beyond schools for arts education

tes | April 06, 2019

There's no denying that the power of the arts can be transformational for our young people. And yet creative subjects are increasingly being squeezed out of our schools as budgets are cut and the stakes raised for academic subjects. Thankfully, there are some – teachers, leaders, parents and organisations – who recognise the importance of promoting creative subjects in our schools. A whole range of companies are pioneering events, initiatives and programmes to provide those vital experiences to pupils. One of the ones I’ve been most impressed with has been the Make Art Not War programme by 14-18 NOW. On the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, they asked young people to create art (some seen in the images below) responding to the question: "What does peace mean to you?" I launched their new Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) module with them in front of an audience of sixth-form college leaders from across the country through the Sixth Form Colleges Association. The programme promised to put creativity at the heart of learning. Sixth-form educators are my kind of people: they understand the challenges that exist in our schools today as well as the realities our students face.

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