The Learning Renaissance

A Small Victory for the Creative Arts in Wales

At a time when the creative subjects are under threat by the march of the ‘basics’ brigade, it was very encouraging to see Huw Jones picking up this under-reported piece … Continue reading

May 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

Beyond STEM…Creativity

The headlong rush to promote STEM activities as the foundation of learning has had a detrimental effect on other areas of the curriculum, not least creativity. I’m not saying there … Continue reading

February 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

New Studies Link the Arts to Crucial Cognitive Skills | Edutopia

I’ve often promoted STEM-based activities through the blog and I believe they have a vital role to play in encouraging more active and experimental thinking and experiential learning in schools. … Continue reading

April 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Place of the Arts in the Curriculum

In all the clamour for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in the curriculum, Arts subjects are increasingly marginalised. Sometimes it feels like they are regarded as ‘the icing’ on … Continue reading

January 22, 2020 · 3 Comments

Thought For The Day: Art and Creativity

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso

December 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Phil Rooke’s 15-minute Music Break: Music Building Learning!

I’ve been conversing with Phil Rooke on matters about the future of education for almost a decade and his passion and innovative insights never fail to impress me. At a … Continue reading

November 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Marginalising the Arts: A Travesty of Learning!

There has always been a hierarchy of subjects in school, ranked according to their perceived value. Although we need to qualify the word value, depending on the perspective of those … Continue reading

November 13, 2019 · 2 Comments

The Arts – An Investment That Pays Dividends

There is a persistent myth in the education world that the Arts, broadly defined as creative arts and languages, is the icing on the education cake. The substance of the … Continue reading

May 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Learning to speak Shakespeare like the actors do | BBC News

Between them Stacey, 14, and Maleeha, 13, speak six languages – now they both speak Shakespeare as well. That’s just as well, as the work of the 16th Century dramatist … Continue reading

May 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Arts in Our Futures |

Despite the utilitarian march of governments towards an emphasis on STEM subjects as being the antidote to current Labour Market shortages, the Arts are a critical element in the creativity … Continue reading

March 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Shakespeare Lives

Curated by the BBC and the British Council, Shakespeare Lives marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare in partnership with some of the UK’s leading arts organisations. … Continue reading

August 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Arts in Learning

If we take a one dimensional view of life and learning we only get to read one face of this inscription. We develop a much more robust manner of thinking … Continue reading

July 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Why was Shakespeare so special? | BBC iWonder

Michael Rosen looks at the work of William Shakespeare, his fellow playwrights and why his plays in particular have stood the test of time. See the full presentation here: Why was … Continue reading

May 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Leadership and the Arts – the Counterpoint to STEM

A short and informative article by John Zermani promoting the role of Arts in the development of leadership: An artful leader must know how to lead people creatively. Since all … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Where did Shakespeare go on tour? | BBC iWonder

An interactive map following where Shakespeare and his acting troupe – The King’s Men – went on tour in England. View it here on the BBC website: Where did Shakespeare … Continue reading

April 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Challenge of Arts in Education from Neil Bunting

Neil Bunting provides a persuasive argument for the Arts and Challenge in education… Nothing that is rewarding, and worth doing, comes easily. Read his full blog post here: Approaches to Challenge … Continue reading

November 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

William Shakespeare: Anniversary project set for global stage | BBC News

The 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare next year will be marked by a major global cultural and educational project in 140 countries. Read more on the BBC … Continue reading

October 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

A New Welsh Curriculum… Areas of Experience, and the Role of the Arts

I’m unsure how far this has gone towards implementation, but if the Welsh Assembly is thinking this way then it could make for some interesting times for learners in Wales, … Continue reading

July 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Arts for Everyone

“The arts are not a luxury. They are as crucial to our well-being, to our very existence, as eating and breathing. Access to them should not be restricted to a … Continue reading

March 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

STEAM not STEM, Or the Decisive Role of the Arts in Learning

Having done quite a bit to promote the STEM agenda (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) recently, I changed tack last week to support the role of the Arts in the … Continue reading

February 2, 2015 · 2 Comments