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Theatre-inspired ideas to boost creative skills

How can we integrate creativity into the primary classroom? Drawing on the approaches of the National Theatre’s Let’s Play programme, Lorna McGinty offers some ideas and inspiration

Ofsted’s proposed new Education Inspection Framework recognises the importance of a broad and balanced curriculum for primary-aged children and that the narrowing of the curriculum that we have seen in recent years has adversely affected the most disadvantaged children.

A new criterion of developing children’s “cultural capital” has been added to the framework, explained as: “The essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.”

Participation in drama and the arts has countless benefits for children; a medium through which they can explore and express new ideas, develop empathy and curiosity, as well as learn collaboration and team-work skills.

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