You may or may not know that recently – and it looks like for the next five years of Conservative government – creativity has been steadily declining within the school curriculum. This has been occurring right the way through from primary school to higher education, as people are being discouraged from pursuing artistic GCSE’s, A levels and degrees. Various educations secretaries and ministers are striving for a more academic school journey, and with it they are purging creative subjects almost completely.
While there does need to be a heavy emphasis on Maths, Science and literacy in schools, this needs to be evened out with creative activity. To those who argue that creative or artistic subjects don’t best prepare you for “the real world” or help you get a well-paid, “proper job” we say – how many companies say they are looking for “creative thinkers?”
There are many benefits to a well-rounded, creative education, where activities such as dance, music, design and drama are involved. One of the greatest advocates for a creative education is education expert Sir Ken Robinson – if you haven’t watched his TED talks on YouTube we suggest you do. He argues that creativity is in fact just as important as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status – but the people who run our schools are yet to take notice.
Research has suggested that creative activity – which teaches children to be innovative and original from a young age, and learn the art of problem solving – can improve results in other subjects. Learning to be creative can have benefits on all areas of the curriculum, from maths to technology. A report from The Arts Education Partnership, covering 62 different studies, shows that students exposed to drama, music and dance are often more proficient at reading, writing and even maths.
With this in mind, parents should be on the lookout for a creative outlet for their child, as it is likely they won’t be finding it in school. That’s where filmmaking comes in – a creative activity which is a blend of many art forms. Children write the scripts, act on camera, direct the group, choose the music and edit the film together. This allows them to be truly creative, by devising their very own piece of work and using numerous skills to fulfil their vision.
While creativity simply doesn’t have a place in the school curriculum, it’s important to introduce different art forms to your kids outside of school. Not only does Studio Film School teach children lots of different skills, it also encourages teamwork, cooperation, compromise and other social skills. Not to mention that it’s really really fun, so children don’t even realise they are learning!
Contact us today to find out how a filmmaking course can help your child develop creativity