Thinking of all my students that get their GCSE results today.
I am sure this is a very exciting and nerve wracking day.
It always saddens me when children, who love the Anna Fiorentini School, stop attending during the summer term because they want to concentrate fully on their exams. It is a known fact that those students that have a creative outlet during this full on revision period, more often than not achieve higher exam results. I guess it is how the human brain is wired.
I recently had to write an article for a magazine about how being involved in the arts can increase a young person’s academic studies and their chance of employment. Have a read:
Give your child the best future possible
Having your child engage in performing arts will greatly increase their chances of employability, help with their transition from primary to secondary school and enhance their early year’s development.
Most employers now will not only look at what grades have been achieved in academic exams but will also want to see how “rounded” the applicants are. What involvements have they had in team-orientated activities?
As Tim Skeet, managing director of RBS capital markets, said when speaking to The Times: “…we need an input from people who have left-field, blue-sky creative thinking…”
Drama and creativity in general can broaden a child’s horizons. Not only do they have fun using their imagination, but they are also able to learn vital social and team building skills.
More times than not external factors have an impact on a child’s academic progression. A report by the arts education partnership revealed that school children exposed to drama, music and dance are often more proficient at reading, writing and math. Researchers determined that “students who received more arts education did better on standardized tests, improved their social skills and were more motivated than those who had reduced or no access.”
Numerous reports have found that creative training can help develop skills translating into other areas of academics. The scientific report, “Neuroeducation: Learning, Arts and the Brain,” found that “students motivated to practice art form and spent time with focused attention increased the efficiency of their attention network as a whole, even when working in other areas of study – and it improved their fluid IQ scores.”
The Anna Fiorentini School prides itself on enhancing confidence, self-esteem, life skills, aspirations, public speaking, negotiating skills, punctuality and discipline in its young students.
“I have been passionate about providing arts education to children for over 15 years now because I believe that through the arts we can teach the adults of tomorrow how to communicate effectively, present themselves professionally and respond appropriately to constructive discipline. I have been told on numerous occasions that students that attend my school have improved greatly in their academic studies as a result.” Anna Fiorentini principal
Not only are the Arts beneficial for older students about to embark on a life of college and job interviews, but research has shown that early years development is also crucially effected by the inclusion of constructive play, social development and awareness of their own bodies. Pediatricians, child psychologists and educational experts all agree that children develop more fully and quickly if music, drama and dance are integral parts of their upbringing and day-to-day existence.
And then of course there is the research done that suggests there is a real need to help children develop social and personal skills during the transition from primary to secondary school. Anna Fiorentini classes manage to support children at this crucial transition period. Our classes tackle a child’s anxieties and insecurities that could develop long into adulthood if not challenged. Our teachers encourage children to work collaboratively and form sustaining relationships with each other that will help them embrace change. This is essential to a child’s development and supportive of their engagement with their academic studies.
Of course many of our students have dreams of entering the performing arts industry. And thanks to our agency several have been fortunate enough to land leading roles in EastEnders, Rev, Top Boy and on the West End stage including the Lion King, Oliver! And Matilda to name but a few. Knowing that certain academic goals at their daytime school have to be achieved before they can go and audition gives them an extra incentive for learning.
However, the majority of our student’s interview for more mainstream jobs and are generally successful because of the confidence they exude and the communication skills they have developed. Being able to network in this day and age when there is so much competition is vital. Skills learnt at performing arts school from a young age go a long way in achieving this vital skill.
“The same principles that help an actor develop a heart-stopping performance can help a job seeker interview with new confidence and new success.” – Executive coach Gina Barnett quoted in Business Insider UK
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