Craft in the Recovery Curriculum
The majority of respondents indicated that there will likely be a decreased (37%) or stable (35%) role for craft and the arts in their school. Respondents indicated, however, that practical lessons are likely to be impacted due to social distancing and that the prioritisation of core subjects will impact the delivery of craft and the arts within schools.
81% of respondents indicated that they anticipate that there will be challenges delivering socially distanced practical learning when schools reopen in September.
Our respondents identified the following areas as challenges when schools reopen:
- sharing of tools, materials and spaces,
- socially distanced practical skills teaching
- the prioritisation of core subjects at the expense of other areas of the curriculum.
Several respondents noted practical activity and access to workshops has been curtailed by their senior leadership teams for an initial or extended period.
In a recovery curriculum our respondents said they would like to prioritise:
- experience of handing and working with materials
- critical thinking.
Other areas highlighted in comments included:
- mental health
- subject knowledge
Overall our respondents reported 67% confidence with delivering core knowledge within their own subject specialism, with Science, History and English identified as the subject areas in which they are most confident to deliver cross curricular learning.
67% of our respondents indicated that targeted CPD would help them prepare for delivering a recovery curriculum.