Survival Of The Artist Teacher

Art Teacher On Tour!
This blog has come about for many different reasons. Firstly, it was born out of a frustration with the current governments persistent attacks on public services as well as the creative and cultural sectors. As an art & photography teacher working in Barking & Dagenham, I’d like to open up a discussion with other artists,teachers and pupils feeling a little disillusioned, and figure out ways of creatively engaging in an economically viable future within the  Arts .

Having taught as an Arts & Photography Teacher in both Independent and Comprehensive schools for the last 13 years I have seen the Creative Arts thrive and more recently struggle against government cuts, high tuition fees and the austerity crisis as well as the impending introduction of the Ebacc GCSE. These cuts have also impeded upon teachers as well as students with little or no money being available for CPD training. These cuts have also affected student choice at GCSE in the Arts within our school, as they are perceived as ‘soft’ subjects by Russell Group universities and therefore as having no value in the economy.

It is very saddening to watch good teachers leave the profession because the challenges they are facing day in and day out are having serious impact on their lives, teaching and wellbeing. A recent NASWUT Survey illustrates the issues felt by teachers. Fundamentally, what I’d like to reveal, explore and discuss in this blog is ‘How to survive as an artist ?’ whether student or teacher , and also, how to keep doing what you love, especially when faced with little support for the creative pathways.

This blog aims to set a few things straight, tell it how it is for teachers and students and start an open discussion about the future of Creative Arts in the UK, 2016.

Thankfully the people have spoken and the Government will need to debate the petition to include expressive arts subjects in the Ebacc

3 thoughts on “Survival Of The Artist Teacher

  1. Hey! I’m looking forward to reading your blog posts. Not because I’m in any way involved with art or teaching, but precisely because I’m not. I come from a disturbingly pragmatic background where art and music were not considered a necessity, and in fact were substituted for science & technology subjects as soon as possible. In hindsight this was an error and a regret I’ll carry. As such I’m happy my niece takes such joy in art, and will as much as I can encourage any artistic pursuits she chooses. I realise art in schools is under threat and her options will be limited if we don’t fight for a rich and skillfully taught creative component to any education system.

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