NGA have collaborated with Arts Council England to bring you this new module! Centred around the essential curriculum, this module aims to empower school governors and trustees on how arts and cultural education can be used for school improvement.

Darren Henley, CEO of Arts Council England and a school governor, said “Schools remain the single most important place where children can access great cultural experiences, which is why we have supported the NGA to develop this e-learning module for governors and trustees. It will inform and empower them to develop their understanding of what arts and cultural education means and how it can improve outcomes.”

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We spoke to some of our users about their experience with this new module. 

Following the launch of our Arts and Cultural Education learning link module in December, we got in touch with some of our users to find out what they thought about this new module.

Whether you’re considering taking this module or unsure if it’s for you, take a look at what they thought:

“This is an excellent course for Governors to understand the importance of Arts and Cultural Education in school and also Governor's roles in strengthening and improving this area of their school. A wealth of resources to refer to and insightful videos are a great benefit.”

“This was a straight forward and well-presented module, which highlighted the significance of Artistic and Cultural development in all aspects of the school curriculum. It showed how the practice can transform the lives not only of students but also helps with social cohesion, and engagement of families with the school.”

Succinct and thought provoking view of the crucial importance of arts in schools. Excellent selection of relevant resources.”

“I found the contacts and information links most useful. I also feel happy to find that my school is doing a great job so far and will continue to improve.”

Excellent module with key messages reinforced throughout. Good videos and examples of good practice as and, clear and easy to access. Enjoyable. Useful resources for governors to use. Thank you”

“Offers the opportunity to reflect on how to address the monitoring of cross curriculum activities that enrich the school life. It is important to be able to do this without it becoming a burden to day to day delivery. It is also important for Governors to recognise these activities and show understanding and evidence of activity at school. Helpful!”

Very informative - clearly explains the benefits of arts and cultural activities for young persons, and gives plenty of pointers as to how existing strategies can be improved.”

“The content was a good balance between being informative without getting overbearing with detail. A good level for strategic governance. I particularly liked the use of video content.”

“As a retired Headteacher who supported Arts Mark and succeeded in getting it for the school I fully support this course and it was a fantastic reminder of what it achieves in the bigger picture

“A useful course for me as an arts practitioner and a governor as well as someone who carries out inspections on behalf of Ofsted; confirmed need to talk to governors more about the arts and become more involved in arts projects in the school in which I am a governor.”

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