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Nine education organisations, including the NASUWT, are planning a festival on Friday 28 May 2021 to celebrate the vital role of the arts in our schools and colleges, and the fantastic work done by children and young people.

The Festival of School and College Arts aims to provide a badly needed antidote to the misery and disruption caused by the Covid pandemic over the past year and showcase learning and creativity.

It will be a festival that every school and college can take part in simply by posting the artistic achievements of pupils and students on their Twitter account on that day using the hashtag #EduArtsFest.

We want to fill Twitter with paintings, drawings, poems, music, dance, and drama. Posts could consist of a great video, recording, or image – anything which celebrates the artistic achievements of young people.

We know schools and colleges have many demands on their time, but we’re hoping this day of celebration will act as a moment of relief from other pressures, showcasing poems, painting, and performances that are already happening within or around lessons. 

The Festival of School and College Arts is being launched by the Association of Colleges (AoC), Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), Confederation of School Trusts (CST), Independent Schools Council (ISC), National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), the NASUWT teachers’ union, National Education Union (NEU), National Governance Association (NGA), and the Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA).

We will be promoting the event to our respective members over the next few weeks through our communication networks as well as linking up with artistic organisations to help spread the word.

The festival is also being supported by the Cultural Learning Alliance which champions a right to arts and culture for every child.

NASUWT General Secretary Dr Patrick Roach said: “Time for creative subjects was coming under increasing pressure before the pandemic, and it is essential that these subjects are protected within the curriculum, that the critical importance of the arts to education recovery is recognised and that access to provision is enhanced for all pupils.”


 

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