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10 Lessons the Arts Teach
10 Lessons the Arts was originally published by Elliot Eisner, (2002), The Arts and the Creation of Mind, in Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale University Press
 
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A message by NSEAD patron Bob and Roberta Smith
In partnership with NSEAD's colleagues at the Campaign for Drawing we commissioned a film of our patron Bob and Roberta Smith talking about why we must teach art and design in schools.
 
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A short film showing how teachers can interpret the national curriculum for art and design
This film commissioned by the Expert Subject Advisory Group for Art, Craft and Design explains the requirements and range of interpretations of the art and design national curriculum.
 
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A window to the world
A window to the world is a short film, by Steph Cubbin and Peter Thomas, two teachers at The St Marylebone CE School. The film is extremely effective in making the case for the value of the arts in our schools.
 
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Art and Design Education, a guide for Governor and Trustees
Art and Design Education, a guide for Governor and Trustees will help explain the vital role governors have in championing and advocating for high-quality art and design education. The Guide was created by NSEAD in partnership with Arts Council England and National Governors' Association.
 
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Art, craft and design education advocacy videos
Curated by Dr Emese Hall this selection of videos draws together artist, makers and designers, organisations and arts professionals, from Elliot Eisner to Chris Riddall, the Crafts Council to the Campaign for Drawing, each of these videos offers advocacy for art, craft and design education.
 
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Arts Council England Advocacy Toolkit and Posters
The Arts Council England Toolkit includes pages, posters and key facts that sum up why public investment in arts and culture is important. Their aim is to demonstrate the value of public investment in arts and culture. The posters identify the growth in arts and culture related employment and exports.
 
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Creative Industries Council
This website, set up by the Creative Industries Council provides facts, figures and helpful infographics which examine the growth and success of the UK's creative industries.
 
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Creative Journeys
This film explains why studying art and design and design and technology have value – value in terms of learning and value in terms of career choice. There are also a range of interviews with creative industry experts who studied or were influenced by art and design.
 
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creativeblueprint
The Creative and Cultural Skills creativeblueprint library contains research and analysis for the creative and cultural industries. Many of the publications contain key facts and recommendations including 'Restarting Britain', the inaugural report from the Design Commission, which explores the UK's national design capacity, design education and economic growth in the twenty-first century.
 
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Heads for the Arts
Heads for the Arts are a group of headteachers who represent highly successful secondary schools across England. The Heads for the Arts website include a collection of case studies, key creative industry facts and A Case for the Arts which summarise the value and importance of high quality arts education.
 
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Reinvesting in Arts Education
'Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America's future through creative schools' is a study commissioned by President Obama. Its authors say art, music, drama and other creative subjects deserve an 'unambiguous place in the curriculum' and have 'significant and lasting benefits' to pupil achievement and should be at the heart of education reform.
 
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TED Talks: How to escape education's death valley
TED Talks include many videos which inform, share, explore and in their own words are: 'devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading'. In this video Sir Ken Robinson outlines three principles crucial for the human mind to flourish – and how current education culture works against them.
 
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The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth
This National Endowment for the Arts report displays correlations between arts activity among at-risk youth and subsequent levels of academic performance and civic engagement. The authors, using four longitudinal databases, draw three main conclusions.
 
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The Case for Arts Education in Schools
On 27 November 2014, the House of Lords debated the motion: “that this House takes note of the case for arts education in schools”. The Case for Arts Education in Schools was compiled to give background reading for Members of the House ahead of the debate and provides evidence-based research and sector opinion on government reforms to arts education in schools.
 
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Visual Literacy at Thomas Tallis School
Thomas Tallis School's visual literacy policy answers the questions: What is visual literacy? Why is it important for students to become more visually literate? What is the relationship between language literacy and visual literacy and what might a visually literate person be able to do? The policy also examines how visual literacy can be taught and the relationship between visual, media and digital literacies.