New Conference Promotes the Importance of Cultural Learning

Entitled Towards a Creative Curriculum, a new conference – a first for both RSC Education and Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning – will explore the impact of arts and cultural learning on young people and how it can support the new Ofsted framework.

Aimed at teachers from early years to Key Stage 3, the event will take place on Friday 10 January 2020 at the Barbican Centre as part of the RSC’s London Season at the Barbican.

Global Teacher Prize winner, Andria Zafirakou; artist, Bob and Roberta Smith; and Professor of Creative Education at the Warwick Business School, Jonothan Neelands, are among keynote speakers announced as part of a major new conference from Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning and RSC Education.

The conference comes at a critical time for arts and cultural education as research, including the Royal Shakespeare Company’s ’s own Time to Listen* research, increasingly points to the crucial role that these subjects and experiences play in maintaining wellbeing and encouraging creativity, innovation, empathy and resilience in young people. At the same time there is growing concern about the sharp decline in the number of students opting for arts subjects at GCSE and beyond, as well as the number of arts teachers and hours spent teaching arts subjects in state-funded schools.

Jacqui O’Hanlon, Director of RSC Education, commented:  “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.”

2018 Global Teacher Prize winner, Andria Zafirakou, will join Professor Neelands and art education advocate, Bob and Roberta Smith, alongside a host of practising teachers and senior leaders, to examine the issues and explore how the arts and cultural learning support the new Ofsted framework.

The conference will offer inspiring professional learning opportunities for teachers who want to develop and extend their knowledge of arts-based learning in the classroom. It will also provide a platform for sharing best practice from across the country as well as the latest research and evidence about how cultural learning can deepen pupil engagement as well as improve resilience, creativity, oracy and confidence.

Delegates will hear directly from teachers and school leaders whose commitment to arts and cultural learning has driven improvement and raised aspirations and attainment. Attendees will also participate in practical workshops and sessions led by experts in creative writing, drama, dance, music, the visual arts and Shakespeare, providing new ideas and tools that they can take away and use directly in their own classrooms.

The day will begin at 10.30am and is due to end around 5.30pm. It is suitable for those working with young people up to Key Stage 3 and costs £65 per teacher when booked before 31 October 2019 (£90 thereafter).

For more information and how to book please click on the link below.




Back to stories

About the Author