Under a coalition government, the UK education system has seen a constant backlash against the arts and creativity in the curriculum. Past Education Secretary Michael Gove was ruthless in his “core subject” approach, and paved the path for current Education Secretary Nicky Morgan to voice her concerns about art subjects and career choices.
Speaking at the Your Life campaign, which aims to increase the number of maths and physics A level students, Nicky Morgan claimed that choosing arts subjects in school could hold students back for the rest of their lives. The general undermining of creativity by Conservative MPs has not been received well by arts professionals and even education leaders and teachers.
Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers said, “Schools need to be offering and encouraging a well-rounded and balanced education, and downgrading the arts is the wrong message.”
Students enjoy being creative so it is no wonder they enjoy the arts and humanities – but if creative learning techniques were introduced into the all-important STEM subjects such as maths and science, perhaps academic achievement would be improved.
Carrie Starbuck, Managing Director of Learning Performance Training said, “Creativity and creative learning has been proven time and time again to unlock students’ minds and improve academic performance. The Education Minister needs to realise that while her personal view is creative subjects don’t offer the best career opportunities, they do have great potential for increasing learning in other areas. We need to look at teaching difficult subjects where many students struggle – such as maths and science – differently. By injecting these academic topics with a pinch of creativity by using imaginative memory techniques we can raise achievement.”
Learning Performance works with 1000 schools across the UK. Their interactive study skills workshops show students how to learn using their creativity and imagination. These learning strategies are universal and can be applied to any subject. The results speak for themselves as you can see from Learning Performance’s latest impact infographic.
The main ethos of Learning Performance is to make learning easier and ensure every pupil fulfils their potential. Creativity is crucial to this process, therefore the government isn’t helping students by undermining creativity in the classroom or the curriculum.
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