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Eleanor Philpot

RSC announce education conference, ‘Towards a Creative Curriculum’

8:49, 20th September 2019

The Royal Shakespeare Company have announced a new educational conference that is due to take place at the Barbican this January

‘Towards a Creative Curriculum’ will focus on the the crucial role that arts and cultural learning play in young people’s lives and how this can support the new Ofsted framework. Aimed at Early Years to Key Stage 3 educators, the event will feature keynotes speeches from the likes of  Global Teacher Prize winner, Andria Zafirakou and professor of Creative Education at the Warwick Business School, Jonothan Neelands, as well as talks from various experts in the arts/educations field(s) on how cultural learning can deepen pupil engagement, improve resilience, creativity, oracy and confidence. Delegates can expect to enrich their knowledge of arts-based learning in the classroom and learn more about best practice from across the country.

Jacqui O’Hanlon, director of RSC Education, says, ‘Leading educators and employers (including the World Economic Forum) agree that problem solving, critical thinking and creativity are the top three skills children need for future success. However, we know from our own Time to Listen research that many students feel that arts subjects are now one of the only places where they are able to develop these important capacities. There’s a clear mismatch between the skills that leading educators and policymakers know young people will need in the future, and the messages and opportunities that today’s students are being offered. We need to address this as a matter of urgency. I am delighted that together with Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning, we are mounting this conference as a must for any teacher interested in the unique role that arts-based learning plays in realising the potential of all young people regardless of age, background or perceived ability.’

Jenny Mollica, director of creative learning for the Barbican and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, said:‘We are delighted to be working with RSC Education on this exciting new event which will provide teachers and educators with the tools and inspiration they need to support arts-based learning in the classroom. At a time of great uncertainty, the arts can play a unique role in helping us to create meaning and make sense of the world, providing us with essential skills to support our personal and professional development. With the new Ofsted framework now in place, this is a timely moment for teachers and educators to explore the powerful role that the arts and creativity can play in delivering a truly broad and balanced curriculum; raising aspirations and achievement, supporting emotional health and wellbeing, and giving children the very best start in life.’

To find out more and book your place, visit: https://www.rsc.org.uk/education/teacher-professional-development/towards-a-creative-curriculum

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