KING JAMES I ACADEMY. Art s Policy

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1 KING JAMES I ACADEMY Art s Policy

2 Academy Art s Policy 1. What is this Policy about? 1.1 At King James I Academy, we recognise and define the arts as those learning experiences that allow and encourage every individual, whatever their ethnic, religious, physical, mental or emotional circumstances to be inquisitive, imaginative, expressive and creative in their learning and preparation for adult life. Such learning experiences will come through media, art & design, expressive and performing arts, dance, drama and music and be adapted to meet the needs of individual learners. 1.2 We are the only specialist Media Arts College in County Durham complementing the programme of the closest Performing & Visual Arts College offered by Greenfield School (Sedgefield Borough Council). 1.3 Our mission at King James is to provide an arts-rich curriculum that will: Be cross-curricular and focus on creativity and the imaginative use of ICT; Identify, support and fulfill the needs of every pupil and nurture the growth of each individual; Continue to raise standards and stimulate learning through a range of motivating and challenging experiences that extend beyond the classroom and are supported with appropriate planning and facilities so all learners can participate; Tackle low expectations and raise aspirations by offering clear pathways to further and higher education and work-related training; Provide a stimulating journey to adulthood and working life so that our pupils take up worthwhile places in their communities; Equip all pupils to recognise their rights and responsibilities as citizens of their local, wider and global communities; Engender a belief in lifelong learning for pupils and members of the wider community through a range of family learning experiences and opportunities for adults to return to learning and engage with professional artists; Promote King James as the focal point of our local community and a family friendly Academy. 2. Aims To provide an inclusive education for all pupils whatever their ethnic, religious, physical, mental or emotional circumstances using the arts to engage and develop a thirst for enquiry and creativity; Raise standards within the arts and develop cross-curricular teaching & learning styles to encourage creativity and raise whole-school standards; To raise awareness of cultural diversity and celebrate achievement; To promote, provide and adapt art-rich opportunities for lifelong learning within the local and wider communities for all learners; To use media arts to explore the relationship between the image and the word and their importance in individual and mass communication; To encourage self-expression through a wide range of specialist arts related curriculum areas.

3 3. Objectives & Implementation Personalised Learning - development of creative teaching & learning styles across all curricular areas by encouraging experimentation and the development of creative thinking, self-expression and aesthetic awareness. Personalised Learning programmes for MAT - SEN pupils including fast track attainment at KS3, where appropriate following the DfE s publication of the White Paper and the Wolf Report, KS4 & KS5 via increased curriculum provision and out-of-hours learning opportunities in Art & Design, Media Studies, Literature, Performing Arts, Drama and Music to meeting individual needs; Build on the success of Creative Partnerships Phase I, Phase II and Phase III focusing on research and experimentation with the imaginative use of ICT, digital, video and media technology all curricular areas; A cross-curricular approach in the use of Media & Performing Arts throughout all Key Stages by staff and pupils, including in-house accreditation at KS3. Staff INSET to develop Specialist skills in the use of ICT and digital/video imagery; Ethos/Targets of Specialist Arts College to be embedded in the Academy Improvement Plan and Performance Management objectives; Greater rigor in self-evaluation, monitoring, tracking & target setting across all curricular areas, including sharing of good practice with partner primary and secondary schools; Increased/improved range of opportunities including vocational pathways in Art & Design, Media Studies, Performing Arts, Drama and Music; Curriculum enrichment: pupils & staff to work with professional artists, local businesses and adult learners, including parents. Improved out-of-hours learning programme, including Specialist Arts Week and Summer Schools. Collaborative curriculum planning with partner schools, professional artists and business ambassadors/mentors; Recognition of achievement through annual Laurel Awards (Stan Laurel old boy ) and the introduction of Arts Awards (Arts Council); First day education for excluded pupils with a focus on the arts (Excellence Cluster: Behaviour Improvement Programme); Specialist arts teachers to work across all primary partner schools, improving transition and reducing catch up ; Improved literacy skills & creative writing via Radio King James/KJfm. ensuring any barrier to individual learning is identified and removed. Improved confidence and self esteem via pupil interviews through Have I got News 4 U club, recorded & broadcast via radio, video and college website; Virtual Learning Environment, including on-line arts curriculum, developed and shared by Excellence Cluster and primary/secondary partner schools; Using the Literacy Passport to graphically record students developing literacy skills; Teachers use of video technology to develop their pedagogy and to reflect upon their use of creative teaching to deliver learning; The promotion of creative writing as a key component of the Primary Outreach programme; The development of students as readers of fiction and non-fiction texts as part of the Renaissance Reading programme in order to promote creative appreciation; The development of Photography as a discrete subject and as a means of chronic students creative journeys;

4 4. Targets Increased post-16 participation by pupils completing Year 11 in arts subjects and improved progression Year 12 into Year 13; All KS3 pupils to achieve agreed targets re teacher assessments in Art & Design, Performing Arts, Media Studies, Music and Drama; Increase uptake in % of pupils studying an arts subject to AS/A level; King James to become the focal point of the community and perceived as a Community Learning Centre for the arts, engaging and challenging learners of all ages, genders, cultures, religions and disabilities; Seamless partnership with King James I Community Association. Rising trend in the number of adults returning to learning in the arts, including progression; Established and effective Full Service & Extended School and Specialist Arts College accessing new money to enhance provision and address new identified needs within the local community. Regional and National recognition of achievement and addressing the needs of the local/wider community; Advanced QISS award for quality of out-of-hours learning programme ( arts ) including international dimension (2008); Improved pupil confidence, self-esteem and motivation resulting in improved attendance (above national target). Improved staff motivation via workforce remodelling and a clear structure to professional development opportunities for arts staff; Annual Parents Consultation Day will engage parents in taster sessions and guided tours of the arts facilities and daytime activities; Development of KS3 Media Arts skills days; Improved Academy environment to include Community Art Gallery in foyer reception displaying the work of pupils and adult learners. Improved display facilities throughout the college promoting learning via the arts. Academy website to include virtual art gallery and material to support extended learning; Development of reporting system to parents to reflect achievement/attainment in the arts, including out-of-hours learning; Increased participation in regional and national competitions. Increase in pupils and adults experiencing visits to museums, art galleries, theatres etc. identifying any barriers that may stop participation and putting in place plans which develop achievement and progression for all learners; Development of collaborative planning between Extended School provision and Specialist Arts College provision to address such issues as, healthy eating, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, anti-social behaviour and child care; Access to specialist facilities at King James by all primary and secondary partner schools by pupils and staff, local businesses and adult learners within the wider community. Outreach as part of the B & A initiative which takes Art to Primary Schools in its many forms. KS2/3 teacher to work with Year 5/6 pupils across all primary partner schools and all Year7 pupils at King James. Development of a Town Centre Intranet between all partner schools sharing good practice, teaching resources and an on-line curriculum; Development of established international dimension through the work of the community drama group BATH (Bishop Auckland Theatre Hooligans) to include joint projects and

5 exchange visits for pupils and staff in all partner schools to include adult learners and professional artists (recent visit to Auschwitz re cultural diversity project); Vision Our half termly publication which promotes arts across the Academy and students successes in the arts ; Vision Creative is a commercial enterprise which combines real world graphic design and business experience, with the opportunity for students to participate in the creative process whilst undertaking work as part of a working business. Note: Implementation of all objectives are outlined in the 4Year School and Community Development Plans (Specialist Arts College Bid). 5. Entitlement All KS3 pupils will follow an arts programme including art & design, music and performing arts (drama & dance) for 3hrs per week i.e. 12% curriculum time. The delivery of media skills is via a cross-curricular model where pupils and staff focus on creative teaching & learning i.e. the imaginative use of ICT, digital, video and radio technology. This arts programme promotes equality of opportunity for all learners and removes barriers to individual student s learning and progression; All KS4 students will follow at least one arts subject to GCSE/level 2 choosing from, Applied Art & Design, Art Textiles, Applied Media Studies, BTEC Media Studies, Performing Arts (dance & drama), Drama and Music; At KS5 students will choose from a range of level 3 arts subjects in Art & Design, Drama, Performing Arts, Music and Media Studies; ALL KS5 students will engage in an arts enrichment programme. 6. Resources Recurrent funding from the Specialist Schools programme will be targeted to deliver agreed programmes of study for both the Academy and community development plans; All curricular areas/subjects report annually on the impact of resources re the ECM agenda; The Academy budget will be used to provide professional development for all staff re the development of creative teaching & learning across the curriculum. Funding will be used to meet whole-academy issues and individual needs. 7. Monitoring & Evaluation 7.1 Monitoring & Evaluation is a strength of the Academy and informs appropriate intervention and future planning which in turn promotes equality of opportunity for all learners and removes barriers to individual student s learning and progression 7.2 The Headteacher reports: termly to the Full Governing Body re the impact of the arts policy and specialist arts college programme 7.3 The policy is reviewed annually in recognition of progress made re agreed annual targets and implementation/impact of both the School Development Plan and the Community Development Plan.

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