16 January

Balancing high-quality arts provision with meeting core academic measures is a challenge for primary schools. Jane Ryder discusses how this is tackled at Sidegate Primary School and offers some examples of their practice

The positive impact that the arts have on young people is no longer up for debate. They provide pupils with the opportunity to develop and exercise creative skills which promote independent thinking and a mindset that looks beyond learning facts. Studying the arts improves pupils’ communication and presentation skills and builds confidence for the challenges to come.

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