In the face of recent evidence that art teaching in schools is being side-lined in a tough educational climate, Bow Arts is bucking the trend and putting the arts firmly back in the classroom.
The National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) recently reported that time allocated to art in schools has consistently decreased over the past five years, due in part to a focus on national curriculum testing in Primary Schools and the EBacc in Secondary schools.
In contrast, on 17th March, children and staff from ten schools in Poplar, Tower Hamlets, will join forces at Spotlight Youth Centre to celebrate the second year of their ground-breaking partnership that provides artist-led projects and cross-school art clubs for children, and training and leadership for teachers.
During the course of the year professional artists from Bow Arts have delivered projects in each school, from a large-scale organic “growing wall” at Lansbury Lawrence Primary and an interactive Victorian-inspired installation at St Saviour’s Primary, to a project working with glass specialists at Manorfield Primary and masterclasses for students at Langdon Park Secondary School.
The Celebration event will feature an exhibition of the artwork created by children over the year, alongside creative workshops for pupils to share their new-found skills. The event will be open to parents and special guests.
Head of Education and Learning at Bow Arts, Rob Smith said:
There has never been a more important time to fight for the place of the arts in the classroom, and our collaboration with the inspirational staff and students from the Poplar Partnership is doing just that.”
Each year Bow Arts works with around 10,000 students and teachers from 90 schools across London, raising children’s attainment and increasing take up in the arts. Last year, take up of GCSE Art at Langdon Park School increased by 83% on the previous year after Bow Arts worked with Year 9 students.