Arts Enrichment

Arts enrichment and Arts Award

As an alternative provision our cohort is made up of pupils who have previously struggled in formal education and this means that they arrive to us with the burdens and trauma of being permanently excluded. As a result many pupils lack the interest and self-belief required to be successful within school. Our arts focused approach has enabled these pupils with complex needs, which manifests as challenging behaviour, to access all subjects within the curriculum and begin to make real and accelerated progress.

We offer a rich arts based and culturally diverse curriculum. In Art pupils explore a non-Eurocentric bias, including Mexican Art, African Art, Aboriginal Art and Chinese Art. In Cooking, always a very popular subject, pupils are actively involved in designing and cooking menus with the focus on exploring food from across the world. In Maths pupils have explored mask making using polygons and origami to investigate the properties of shape. Pupils have participated in forum theatre and spoken word workshops and we regularly have visitors to school to run a range of arts based workshops and programs. Our NRC bands, acoustic guitar and rock, have performed at Assemblies and Ceremonies. The Royal Academy of Dance ‘Step into Dance’ is timetabled weekly for both Primary and Secondary and we have weekly tutorial sessions with Hackney Music Service where pupils learn to play an instrument.

As a result of pupil participation within our rich Arts curriculum some pupils will go on to achieve Bronze, Silver or Gold Arts Award qualifications.


About Arts Award:

“The Arts Award qualifications are designed to inspire learners up to the age of 25 to grow their arts and leadership talents. Most of all, they aim to support and encourage learners of all levels and abilities and from all backgrounds and cultures to engage and participate in the arts. From the initial Arts Award Discover level, all the way through to Gold Arts Award, these qualifications offer a variety of ways to approach creative and wider skills development that can be tailored to the centre, adviser and learners.

Through Arts Award, learners will achieve a national qualification that will build confidence through nurturing their individual interests, while also equipping them with life skills that will support their education and future employment.

To achieve their Arts Award, learners take on challenges in an art form, participate in arts activities, experience arts events, get inspired by artists and share their arts skills with others. They create a portfolio to keep a record of their creative work and progress along the way, and they are supported by an adult who has trained as an Arts Award adviser and acts as an assessor, facilitator and mentor.

Arts Award recognises all art forms ranging from fashion to poetry, rapping to dance, sculpture to film and arts administration to backstage roles, providing assessment opportunities for many different learners and offering freedom of choice within the framework. This enables them to play to their strengths and express their creative identity through art form options and portfolio presentation. Arts Award is designed as a flexible, personalised, learning programme in which those taking part have choice and control.”


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