Your Creative Guide To Delivering An Arts Award This Festive Season

The days are getting shorter, the weather is turning colder, and as we hope desperately for snow on the big day, it’s a great opportunity for classrooms up and down the country to be getting stuck in to winter craft activities.

Never one to miss an opportunity to get messy and tie creative activities to the festive season, the Arts Award team has come up with five of our favourite craft projects young people can not only get involved in but also link an Arts Award to. Continue reading

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Arts Award joins #TrinityOnTour to successfully deliver to hundreds of Young People

Trinity1712_091_LowOver the past term, Arts Development Manager Annabel Thomas has been on tour with Trinity Rock and Pop, celebrating Trinity College London’s new Rock and Pop syllabus, and delivering hundreds of Arts Awards at the same time! On the blog this week, we round up the amazing musical Arts Awards delivered as part of this programme and explore using Arts Award Discover with whole class ensemble teaching (WCET). Continue reading

STEAM Powered Creativity

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The concept of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) is something we’ve discussed previously, especially when it comes to the idea of incorporating the Arts to create a STEAM education focus. Including creative subjects alongside STEM is vital to giving children and young people a well-rounded education. We also know that can be a challenge, which is why we wanted to offer some ideas on how you can turn STEM into STEAM!
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KS2 Arts Award – Where do I start?

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Abbey Catholic Primary School

Good Practice Centre Abbey Catholic Primary School will be blogging their Arts Award journey as part of their Good Practice Centre year. The school runs Arts Award at Discover through to Bronze, enjoying the challenges and celebrations of achievement the award brings to their pupils. In their first instalment, Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) and Arts Award lead Rebecca Lonergan, discuss how they got started with their programme. Continue reading

Digital Portfolio Platforms Resource

Digital Platforms pg 04We’ve seen a rising number of young people completing their Arts Awards digitally in recent years, in a variety of different formats. So many that it can all be rather daunting if you haven’t worked digitally or online much before. That’s why we’ve produced a great new resource showcasing some of the platforms we’ve seen successfully used to create Arts Award portfolios. Continue reading

Another Successful Year at MozFest 2017!

MozPic2Digital practitioners and organisations from across the world came together and took over Ravensbourne College, at MozFest 2017 between 27-29 October. It was an incredibly packed and exciting few days, with a huge amount of creative digital activity to engage, stimulate and inspire people of all ages. MozFest brought the most exciting developments in technology and culture and explored how the two intertwine with one another. The whole event was underpinned by the advocacy of open Internet movement. Continue reading

5 Ways Arts Awards Can Support Your School’s Performing Arts Department

2S4B4825Let’s be honest, we are all too aware of the pressures facing schools when it comes to offering a broad and balanced arts curriculum. Recent changes, along with accountability measures and the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), have put tremendous pressure on arts departments across the country. Unfortunately, this has led to many schools reducing the teaching time available for arts-related subjects or dropping them completely.

We here at Arts Award like to look at the positive side of things and don’t believe that it’s all doom and gloom. Arts Award is a great way to accredit a KS3 performing arts curriculum, helping you add value to your extra-curricular offer and raise the profile of your department. Our Impact Study illustrates that young people who complete an Arts Award are more likely to choose an arts subject at GCSE, BTEC or A Level, helping to maintain arts departments in schools and advocating for the value of this education. So, how can you go about making the most Arts Award when it comes to the performing arts? Check out our five handy tips below. Continue reading