Giving children the chance to engage in arts and culture-related activities – from attending the theatre to learning musical instruments and everything in between – can be highly rewarding for both pupils and teachers.
It's not just about providing a bit of light relief from "core" teaching, either, but about helping young people to develop new skills, gain new interests and broaden their understanding of the world, and potentially pointing them towards a career path they might have otherwise never considered.
Arts and culture
Tes spoke with Jamie Healy, cultural enrichment officer at the David Ross Education Trust, and Andria Zafirakou, the 2018 Global Teacher Prize winner, who is an arts and textiles teacher at Alperton Community School in north-west London and founder and CEO of arts charity Artists in Residence, to get their thoughts on why arts and culture are so beneficial to pupils and how schools can best provide this. You can listen to their advice on the podcast below: