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Arts, culture and creativity: improving your school or trust and its curriculum

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At a glance

This inspiring, CPD accredited module provides the opportunity for governors and trustees to develop their understanding of what arts and cultural education is and how it can support school improvement.

You will cover:

how arts and cultural education can be used to support school improvement
how you and your governing board can help senior leaders to achieve this
suitable next steps and further resources
Study time

45 minutes

Certificate upon completion

Module description

This module focuses on six key areas where schools can use arts and cultural education to improve outcomes: a broad and balanced curriculum; school community and parental engagement; health and wellbeing; spiritual, moral, social and cultural development; social mobility; developing life skills; and employability skills.

Through case study videos and self evaluation questions, it provides the information and tools to enable governors and trustees to influence, develop and inform the role arts and culture play within school and to support a more strategic approach including through the use of programmes like Artsmark Award and Arts Award.

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  • “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.”

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  • “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.”


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


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  • “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.”


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  • “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”


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    Who developed this module?

    This module has been developed in partnership with Arts Council England.

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