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

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Arts Award at the Youth Libraries Group and School Librarians Conference, 2017

NDawe_Queens_Park_Community_School_140324_149Arts Award were thrilled to be invited to lead a session at the School Library Conference 2017 in Harrogate over the weekend of 23-25 June.

The annual joint Youth Libraries Group & School Library Association conference is an opportunity to bring school and public librarians together to share best practice, ideas and updates, as well as inspiration for the year to come. This year was also very special as it included celebrations to mark the 80th anniversary of both the SLA and the CILIP Carnegie Medal, both established in 1937. Continue reading

The impact of arts education

We’re sure that if you are reading this blog you already understand the value of studying and taking part in the arts, but with increasing pressures on schools and arts organisations how can we advocate for all young people to have the chance to participate in artistic, creative and cultural opportunities? What can we do to ensure that policy makers and educators really understand the value of the arts, and the huge range of benefits it can bring to individuals and wider society?

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