10 ways to liven up your drama space

Holly Barradell

Welcoming us to 2018 is a guest post from Holly Barradell. Holly’s shared this piece with us – adapted from an article appearing in Primary School Management – which presents a 10-step guide to enhancing school hall facilities, in ways that’ll help to improve your performing arts provision. Continue reading

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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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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

BBC Ten Pieces: How it links to Arts Award

Ten Pieces - square logo with straplineArts 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