Out of sight, out of mind

30th May 1997 at 01:00
The conference heard a call from Paul Dougall, head of applied arts at Jordanhill campus of Strathclyde University, for the arts in schools to move from the wings to centre-stage.

Mr Dougall said: "Look at the physical geography. If there is an annexe to the building, that is where the arts will be found. We all work our magic in the huts, in the basement, out of sight."

He added: "The great problem is that there is superb work happening in the drama or music room that does not permeate into the mind of the physicist who is the headteacher or the mathematician who is the school manager. "There is always pressure on the drama room to 'do the show'. Why don't we ask the physicist every year to produce the rocket? Where is the book the English teacher has written?" There is in Scotland, he said a progressive and cohesive movement, with induction to the lexus and grammar of the arts at five to 10, construction and exemplification of forms at 10-14, and specialised exposure to art forms at 14-18. "But the strands are not everything. We must not have the assessment tail wagging the curriculum dog".

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