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Specific Aims

Whilst we are in the business of training ‘Artists’, we are also educating young people to be visually literate, confident enough to express themselves and to explore, understand and appraise the world around them, through the medium of Art and Design. It is also important to us that our students understand the many professional pathways available to them in an Arts based career, the positive impact that creative people can have on the world, and the positive impact Art can have on the people who practice it.

In our teaching, we aim to provide opportunities to foster that sense of wonder and curiosity which leads students to make links and understand relationships in all they see. We also aim to develop visual communication and recording skills in a range of mediums so that expression can meet a student’s intent.

We try to nurture our student’s enthusiasm, and help them to recognise their strengths and abilities. Indiscriminately praising everything will not work - but selecting and highlighting their achievements can produce encouraging results. We teach our students to recognise the importance of developing a Growth Mindset, of responding positively to our expert advice and undertaking purposeful practice.

We see the Arts an inclusive space for the development of ideas and alternatives, a space where pride can be taken in craft, and where enjoyment can be taken from a hobbyist perspective all the way to the rigours of professional practice.

  
 
In our teaching we must also aim to provide opportunities to foster that sense of wonder and curiosity which leads students to make links and understand relationships in all they see.
 
We should try to nurture our students enthusiasm, and help them to recognise their strengths and abilities. Indiscriminately praising everything will not work - but selecting and highlighting their achievements can produce encouraging results.
  
 
We should not be using unrelated one-off exercises - the context of each project and its progression should be made clear. The way in which we assess, and the specific criteria when evaluating their work , should also be made clear.
 

At Key Stage 3, the Programme of Study - Knowledge, Skills and Understanding should be addressed by every project.

A Church Of England Secondary Girls' School and Sixth Form Centre