Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child that says that children and young people in the UK have a right to high quality arts experiences as an integral part of their childhood and youth.
Maybe we should send this to Mr Gove and his team to reflect on?
Maybe we need to be more explicit about the benefits?
Key learning dispositions are developed through learning in and about the arts: our curiosity, imagination, creativity, innovation, enquiry, confidence, self-esteem and wellbeing. Qualities such as empathy, playfulness, surprise, ingenuity, sensitivity, flexibility, interpersonal tolerance, problem solving and self-aware learning are nurtured through our experiences in the arts.
5x5x5=creativity is focused on exploring children and young people researching and representing the world together, with adults supporting them. The research is based on a view of all children and young people as creative and competent; the adults see themselves as ‘researching children researching the world’, learning alongside children and young people. Everyone’s worth and their contributions are recognised; everyone’s ideas are heard and supported. Our evidence is that children spontaneously and creatively connect all forms of thinking and expressive representation, demonstrating their use of the ‘hundred languages of children’. These are life-wide creative skills that can enhance all of our lives.
Mr Gove’s call for high standards is not in question – but the quality of teaching depends on developing and supporting creative individuals, both adults and children. Role models in the community including creative professionals can widen expertise and support learning. The relationship between adults and young people is vital to support individual progress and wellbeing, to nurture the disposition to learn and to engage in real and meaningful learning experiences where children and young people take responsibility for their own learning. Please note Mr Gove …