This resource shares the rationale and philosophy underpinning the curricular and extra-curricular programme of musical, dramatic and theatrical activities for children and young people at Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen City. It focuses, in particular, on developing confidence and well-being in children as they grow and flourish throughout their school lives.
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What was done?
A structured programme of opportunities informed by research in the creative and expressive arts was created for all pupils throughout the Primary and Secondary school. The approach is inclusive, pupil voice is valued, parental engagement is strong and the breadth of experience offered is wide. Self-evaluation and reflection was a key part of the process with pupils, staff and parents. The progression of skills from early years through to senior school builds on prior learning.
To develop further pupils’ wellbeing, resilience and confidence by recognising, articulating and valuing creativity skills.
What was the impact?
The inclusive approach involves all children and provides additional support to ensure participation. Evaluations show, pupils have increased confidence and ambition with higher levels of self-esteem. They are more motivated to explore and challenge assumptions and take ownership of their own learning and thinking. Other benefits link to executive functions such as being more imaginative, open-minded, confident risk-takers, and appreciate issues from different perspectives.
PDF file: From Creativity to Confidence - thought piece (310 KB)
PowerPoint presentation: From Creativity to Confidence and Wellbeing (1.1 MB)