‘The arts have a pow­er­ful im­pact’

TES (Times Education Supplement) - - INSIGHT -

Ever­ton Nurs­ery School and Fam­ily Cen­tre school caught our judges’ at­ten­tion be­cause of its sus­tained ser­vice to the lo­cal area and its in­no­va­tive ap­proaches.

Of all the places the mu­si­cians of the Liver­pool Phil­har­monic Orches­tra have played, Ever­ton Nurs­ery School and Fam­ily Cen­tre must be among the most sur­pris­ing. And yet, to th­ese mu­si­cians, the set­ting is very fa­mil­iar: the mem­bers work here with the chil­dren reg­u­larly.

“The mu­sic pro­gramme is a fan­tas­tic ex­am­ple of how the arts can have a pow­er­ful im­pact in the ear­li­est years of a child’s life,” the judges say. “It was lovely to see the cel­e­bra­tion of a thirst for knowl­edge and a love of learn­ing that the set­ting achieves for its chil­dren.”

This out­reach project, part of an ef­fort to con­nect the young peo­ple in one of the most de­prived ar­eas of the city with the cultural spoils on their doorstep, is just one of the many ini­tia­tives that staff have set in mo­tion to im­prove the lives of the young peo­ple they teach.

Other high­lights in­clude an ex­ten­sive pro­gramme of out­door ed­u­ca­tion, a nur­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ment to pro­vide sup­port for stu­dents who are likely to find main­stream ed­u­ca­tion dif­fi­cult and di­verse learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­sure that the com­plex so­cial, emo­tional and be­havioural needs of many of the chil­dren are met.

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