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Cultural Capital

Cultural capital is a key measure in the new Ofsted Framework:

As part of making the judgement about quality of education, inspectors will consider the extent to which schools are equipping pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. Ofsted’s understanding of this knowledge and cultural capital matches the understanding set out in the aims of the national curriculum. It is the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said, and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

School Inspection Handbook

The new Ofsted framework requires schools to consider how they will develop their children’s cultural capital to help them engender an appreciation of the arts, creativity and culture as well as to succeed in school and beyond.


Emergency Exit Arts (EEA)

EEA is known across the UK and Europe for using a multi art form approach to creating work that responds to people and places. We have a reputation for creating unforgettable performances, parades, participatory experiences, festivals and spectacular events in public spaces. We believe that we are uniquely placed to reach new audiences, by bringing the arts to places where people live, learn, work and play.

EEA has developed exemplary participation and creative learning programmes in and out of schools for children and young people delivered by our talented creative practitioners and facilitators. At EEA, we believe that this new Ofsted requirement is an opportunity for your school to determine what is best for your students. We understand the benefits of the arts and we know working and engaging with young people from a young age develops a lifelong love of the arts.

Our artists have a participant centred approach and we always ensure to involve teachers in taking on elements of the delivery to ensure that the work and idea is sustainable. We can deliver one off projects from £500 to long-term joint fundraising of £50,000! - together we can make mesmeric things happen, and in order to do that we need to create opportunity and share the tools to ensure a high quality creative education thrives and is owned and instigated by you the teachers as well as artists, arts and cultural organisations.

We know from experience our work motivates young people to not only participate but thrive in their learning. When young people are engaged in their learning, they feel contentment and enjoyment and so much of learning emerges from the relationships we build.


EEA aims to

CREATE a world of possibility with awe and wonder to excite and extend children and young people’s horizons and experiences

CONNECT children to real life and imagined places

ACTIVATE creative potential through problem-solving, personal, social and emotional development

SUPPORT learning in communication to become active citizens with the skills required for future employment and succeeding in life beyond school

IGNITE agency and curiosity through an artistic enquiry-based approach to learning

EXPLORE creative risk taking and new approaches to learning through investigating multiple art forms and materials

PROMOTE children as leaders and decision makers to have a sense of ownership and control in the process of making and doing

PROVIDE a sense of place and ownership for students

INSPIRE young people to engage with the arts in new and innovative ways to help see the possibilities are endless

MOTIVATE to learn through play and to develop their imagination

EQUIP teachers with creative activities to lead follow up work in the classroom and IMPACT on the wider school curriculum

EXPOSE young people to professional practitioners and good practice and feel the possibilities are endless

Working with EEA has provided our children to really deepen their understanding of art and see how it connects with values, wellbeing and our emotions. Our class have really benefitted from using a range of materials and techniques that we would not have thought to use together. By working collaboratively over several weeks with EEA, we have really seen a positive change in the way children approach their learning, friendships and themselves. This experience has broadened our horizons and shown us the enormous value that Art holds in education

Callum Dean, South Rise Primary School


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