Arts Festival Celebrates Role of the Arts in Schools

Heads at state and independent schools in the UK have launched a national arts festival to showcase students' creativity.
Arts Festival Celebrates Role of the Arts in Schools
By Carli Allan
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UK school leaders have launched a national schools' arts festival to provide a "badly needed antidote to the misery and disruption caused by the Covid pandemic". The Festival of School and College Arts calls for students to post their paintings, drawings, poems, music, and dance performances on Twitter on Friday, May 28.

All schools and colleges across the UK are encouraged to take part and showcase the artistic achievements of their students to celebrate the "vital role of the arts in our schools and colleges". Schools and colleges can take part by posting videos, recordings and images on Twitter using the hashtag #EduArtsFest on May 28.

The Festival of School and College Arts is being launched by the Association of Colleges (AoC), Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), Confederation of School Trusts (CST), Independent Schools Council (ISC), National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), the NASUWT teachers’ union, National Education Union (NEU), National Governance Association (NGA), and the Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA).

Association of Colleges Chief Executive David Hughes said:

“This is an exciting way to celebrate students in all of their creativity and diversity and it moves us on from all of the negative media about ‘learning loss’ and problems. There’s been lots of focus on colleges and schools over the last year, but too little has been focused on the brilliance of the millions studying and training – I hope this helps to do just that.”

ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton said:

“The festival is a chance to turn the page on bubbles, self-isolation, lateral flow tests and all the other jargon of the pandemic, and get back to the creativity and joy which forms such an important part of educating young people.”


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