Creativity and school improvement

On 13 December 2018, the National Governance Association (NGA) launched a new e-learning module for school governors; Arts and cultural education: improving your school and its curriculum.

We’ve been working closely with the NGA to develop this Arts Council funded module, designed to inform and empower those involved in school governance, on how arts and cultural education can be used for school improvement and enhancing your school curriculum.

About the module:

This module focuses on six key areas where schools can use arts and cultural education to improve outcomes for:

  • a broad and balanced curriculum
  • school community and parents
  • health and wellbeing
  • spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
  • social mobility
  • developing life skills and employability skills

How will it support schools?

It provides the opportunity for governors and trustees to develop their understanding of what arts and cultural education means and how it can improve outcomes.

They will be able to review the extent to which this is happening within their own setting, the role their governing board plays in this, and provides them with the tools to influence, develop and inform the role arts and culture can have within your school. There are a wealth of further reading resources to support them in developing a more strategic approach and to make the most of existing opportunities, including programmes like our Artsmark Award and Arts Award.

The module uses explanations from governors, school leaders and employers on how arts and culture can improve your school, along with research demonstrating the positive impact cultural education has for children and young people.

Next steps…

The module is CPD accredited, takes 45 minutes and can be accessed via the NGA’s e-learning platform, Learning Link (subscriber log in required).

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published date: 
Monday, 10 December 2018

Cultural education gives children and young people the opportunity to develop their creativity, both individually and collectively, and that's why our goal is for every child and young person to have the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts.

Darren Henley
Chief Executive
Arts Council England

It's vital that children have the opportunity to learn and enjoy arts and culture from an early age. It develops their creativity, inspires future careers and enriches their childhood.

Artsmark Award does brilliant work in schools and education to ensure young people access a broad and balanced curriculum that includes high-quality arts and culture.

Michael Ellis MP
Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism
Department of Culture, Media and Sport