Last week the Year 10 and Sixth Form Art-Textiles students visited the ‘Twisted Thread – Knitting and Stitching Show’ at Alexandra Palace. Students had the opportunity to view a gallery of work and speak to the designer-makers about processes and inspiration. They also had the opportunity to talk to Fashion and Surface Design graduates who were exhibiting their work and speak to university lecturers about the courses available to them in the future. Many of our students also took part in the ‘Campaign for Creativity’ by stitching their names onto the petition board at the show. It was a brilliant day and everyone went home tired but with a head full of ideas and inspiration.
The Anglo European School support the philosophy of a broad an balanced curriculum including the Arts. We fully support this move to apply pressure to secure creative and performance subjects in the curriculum offer. We also sympathise with colleagues who through financial and curriculum reductions, have been forced to remove them in other schools through no fault of their own. It is important that the value of these subjects is championed and our students continue to be very vocal in this respect. If you can spare a minute or two to help our creative subjects get the support that they so desperately need, please sign this petition. 5000 signatures are needed to take this to parliament.
Our Campaign for Creativity petition aims to provide better opportunities at school for children to be creative and to think creatively. The rigid
nature of the national curriculum provides little opportunity or time for children to express themselves creatively, artistically or professionally. Creativity is vital to child development, not only as a means of expression and communication but to support life skills such as problem-solving, strategic thinking and resilience. Creative thinkers hold the key to the UK’s future success, not just in culture and the arts but across business and industry too. It is vital to their long term development that creative students have opportunities to select, embrace and qualify in creative subjects incrementally in the same pathway development as scientists, lawyers, doctors and others.