Digital 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
Let’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
Autumn is a fantastic season for celebrations and festivities. We know that many primary schools will be linking the work they do in the classroom to events such as Harvest Festival, Diwali or Bonfire Night, so we thought we would pull together five fun activities for the 5th November!
2017 marks the third year that Into Film and Arts Award have been working in partnership with the aim to inspire young people to creatively engage through film. Read on to find out more about the partnership, and how you can get involved in Arts Award via Into Film’s resources and programmes. Continue reading
Arts Award and BBC Ten Pieces are working together to support schools who would like to deliver Arts Award’s unique qualifications alongside their Ten Pieces Project.
Ten Pieces is an exciting initiative for schools, led by BBC Learning, BBC Music and the BBC Orchestras and Choirs, focusing on classical music and creativity. Ten Pieces aims to open up the world of classical music to a generation of children and inspire them to develop their own creative responses to the pieces through a range of art forms. Continue reading
Halloween is coming! And even if you don’t get personally involved by popping on a witches’ hat to watch some horror films, it’s a great opportunity to engage young people in arts activity. To help prepare, we’ve got some suggestions on how to creatively scare things up.
This week’s blog comes from adviser Tim Coyte at Arts For Teens, a centre delivering music projects to young people in Hartlepool. Tim tells us how he led Exchanging Notes, a Bronze Arts Award project based entirely around music. If you’re an adviser considering a similar approach, featured below is a framework and key insights on how you can use music to deliver Arts Award.
Today is the start of the first ever Libraries Week, a showcase of the great activities offered by libraries across the UK. It’s organised by CILIP, who we met at this year’s School Libraries Conference. Arts Award is an avid fan and supporter of libraries and to celebrate the wonderful work undertaken by these organisations, here are a few reasons on what makes them so special. Continue reading