Scene and Heard – ‘A Celebration‘ documentary
‘Every Child Should Have the Opportunity to do Drama‘ – Emil and the Detectives at the National Theatre
Did you know that:
- Students from low-income families who take part in arts activities at school are three times more likely to get a degree.
- The employability of students who study arts subjects is higher and they are more likely to stay in employment. A Scottish study found this effect is greater for students who leave school earlier.
- Students who engage in the arts at school are twice as likely to volunteer and are 20% more likely to vote as young adults.
- A range of studies show at risk young people who take part in arts activities increase their self-esteem, social skills, confidence and ability to work with others. All attributes that improve disadvantaged children’s life chances.
- Bright but disadvantaged student’s A-level results are significantly improved when they experience academic enrichment activities at home from the age of eleven –including going on trips to museums and galleries, and reading for pleasure.
This is why we believe New Voices is such an important project. Arts in schools are so often underestimated, and under valued, and yet skills gained in arts education last us a lifetime.
(Thanks to Cultural Learning Alliance for the facts!)