Music and art packs distributed to schools to aid learning
The University of Wolverhampton has provided local schools with art and music packs to help pupils with their studies during lockdown.
Aspire to HE has worked with the Wolverhampton School of Art and the School of Performing Arts to provide 250 art packs and 50 acoustic guitars to Year 10, 11 and 12 students. The packs contain a range of materials and a project brief for the pupils to follow, enabling them to develop existing skills or learn new ones.
Aspire to HE is a partnership funded through the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) and led by the University of Wolverhampton to support the government’s goal to increase the number of disadvantaged young people entering higher education by 2020.
Through the project, students and their teachers are able to access online art tutorials led by Wolverhampton School of Art students and graduates, and submit their work to an online gallery Students receiving a guitar will access 2.5 hours of online music tutoring tailored to different levels.
Dr Sarah Browne, Head of the School of Performing Arts, said: "Students have undoubtedly missed the opportunity to make music during this disrupted period. We hope our music and art drop will allow them the opportunity to continue making music and learn new skills, ready for when they can return to the classroom. Guitar sales in the UK have soared since lockdown so we hope to see a new cohort of budding guitarists when schools return. Our skilled tutors have been on-hand to deliver distance tuition so that students who want to learn a new instrument are fully-equipped to perform again – when the time comes!"
Maggie Ayliffe, Head of the Wolverhampton School of Art, said: “Our aim through this project is to reach 250 pupils who have had their learning and school experience disrupted due to the pandemic.
“Evidence shows that being creative teaches young people new skills, and increases their overall happiness and wellbeing and we hope that this project will enable them to continue their subject development and live creative lives during lockdown.
“This is a great opportunity for students to access high quality art materials and music equipment and work with the Wolverhampton School of Art and the School of Performing Arts to develop their skills, find out more about Higher Education and create work to exhibit.”
NCOP supports 29 consortia across the country to work with young people from targeted postcodes. Aspire to HE covers the areas of Sandwell and Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton, and Telford and Wrekin.
Aspire to HE works in partnership with six further education colleges and twenty-five secondary schools to support informed, ambitious decision making with regard to Higher Education.
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