According to TES, using art as a means for pupils to follow their own ideas and express themselves without a fear of being wrong can be a powerful way to build confidence, resilience and character.
Senacre Wood Primary School in Maidstone, Kent has a focus on art for these very reasons. It recently turned an old classroom into a dedicated arts space, complete with easels and picture frames for art to be displayed and arts supplies available for children to use as they want.
Deputy headteacher at the school, Maria Comerford, says engaging children in art in this way and presenting it as a means for them to express themselves has proved hugely beneficial.
Senacre also values displaying art in the real world, encouraging children to see themselves as artists and promoting their work in the local church, library and vets.
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