Every Child provides high quality extra-curricular learning and development opportunities on a universal free-to-access basis that offer children and young people a wide range of experiences that they may not otherwise encounter, including sport, culture, and the arts.
Culture brings important social benefits in terms health, education and community cohesion:
- It has an intrinsic value, which enriches those engaging with it
- It has social value in improving educational attainment and improving health outcomes
- It has community value and contributes to community cohesion, helping people feel safer and stronger
(Quantifying the Social Impacts of Culture and Sport, Department of Culture, Media and Sport, White Paper, April 2016).
Every Child provides a range of experiences and opportunities which enrich and add value to children’s academic learning. Clearly the arts and sport are fundamental to education and the National Curriculum both is school settings and in wider life in general. However academic studies are increasingly linking the arts with improved child development and high educational attainment
Creating opportunities for the children of Newham to engage with the arts, provides life enhancing experiences which add value to their educational achievement, self-worth and well-being:
- Early music training develops areas of the brain involved in the acquisition of language skills and the development of reading
- Students of the arts learn to think creatively and solve problems with enhanced reasoning skills. The performing arts impact positively on children’s self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Recent studies suggest that students who engage with the arts are also more successful in standardised tests like SATS (DCMS White Paper 2016)
- Sports participation promotes physical confidence as well as fitness but also fosters team spirit and a sense of involvement.
The objectives of the new organisation will be:
“Every Child will promote the advancement of education for public benefit including formal and community education, training and lifelong learning. These activities will foster the development of children and young people’s capabilities, skills and understanding.”
Every Child will be delivering those arts, cultural, and sporting opportunities to Newham residents – predominantly pupils attending primary and secondary schools. The offer will comprise both ongoing courses of tuition (such as weekly music lessons and sports clubs), and theatre visits linked to the broader performing arts curriculum.
In addition to this core offer commissioned by LBN, Every Child will also trade directly with schools and other organisations, building upon a successful track record of community music, orchestras and music workshops. The organisation will also pursue commercial ventures, such as sales of courses of music tuition and performance award products and will re-invest any surplus income generated back into core delivery to further the development of the business.
The Every Child initiative delivers high quality, extra-curricular learning and development opportunities on a universal free-to-access basis that provide young people with a wide range of experiences that they may not otherwise encounter, including sport, culture, and the arts. The following four areas are the key elements of the Every Child business:
Every Child a Musician
- Has been providing free-to-access music lessons and instruments in Newham schools since 2010 and accounts for by far the largest current level of participation and spend of the Every Child areas falling within this business plan.
- In the 2016/17 academic year 12,000+ children attended weekly music lessons across 62 Primary schools, delivered by around 140 sessional tutors. Additional products are offered to schools: ensembles and orchestras; choirs; and packages of music sessions for children with Special Educational Needs.
- ECAM also sell packages of music sessions for elders and people with Learning Difficulties; and adolescents with mental health issues.
Every Child a Theatre Goer
- Commenced in 2013 and provides the opportunity for primary and secondary pupils to attend theatre performances, at no cost. The Programme introduces the young people to live theatre and enhances learning in literacy and drama.
- In the 2016/17 academic year 11,000 pupils across 69 schools attended performances at local and nationally-acclaimed theatres including the National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, and performances by the Roya Shakespeare Company
Every Child a Chess Player
- The project teaches children in chess clubs and in-school lessons. The scheme seeks to boost confidence, and improve strategic decision making and maths skills.
- In the 2016/17 academic year 1,500+ pupils from 20 schools took part in workshops and tournaments, and the scheme was also delivered in 6 libraries.
Every Child a Sports Person
- Commenced in 2013 and introduces all Year 7 children to a range of sports and activities, including more specialist pursuits that are not part of the usual PE curriculum.
- Young people are encouraged to sustain their participation in sport through membership of school clubs. Long term membership of sports clubs has been linked to improved academic performance and also provides leadership and coaching experience.
- In the 2016/17 academic year 3,600 pupils across 19 schools took part in taster days, with a further 4,084 attendances recorded at follow-up club sessions.