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  • Challenging learners’ assumptions
  • Enabling learners’ to be receptive to new ideas
  • To develop skills in recognizing similarities / differences
  • Enabling learners’ to make unlikely connections
  • Encouraging learners’ to take risks with their art work
  • Enabling learners’ to develop from initial conception to make better ideas
  • Developing visual perception – looking at things in a new way
  • Taking advantage of the unexpected 
  • Encouraging the quest for mastery of technique.

We are not primarily in the business of training ‘Artists’, but in educating young people to be visually literate, confident enough to express themselves and to explore, understand and appraise the world around them, through the medium of Art and Design.


In our teaching we must also aim to provide opportunities to foster that sense of wonder and curiosity which leads students to make links and understand relationships in all they see.

We try to nurture our student’s enthusiasm, and help them to recognise their strengths and abilities. Indiscriminately praising everything will not work - but selecting and highlighting their achievements can produce encouraging results. We teach our students to recognise the importance of developing a Growth Mindset, of responding positively to our expert advice and undertaking purposeful practice.



We should not be using unrelated one-off exercises - the context of each project and its progression should be made clear. The way in which we assess, and the specific criteria when evaluating their work , should also be made clear.