Institute of Education


Art at the heart of education: why you cannot be truly educated without the arts

6:00 pm to 7:15 pm, 11 July 2018

Andria Zafirakou

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Jeffrey Hall, Level 1, UCL Institute Of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

This event has been postponed.

[Due to the unforeseen but massive triumph of England reaching the semi-finals, the IOE and the Varkey Foundation have decided to postpone the lecture until later this Autumn. Whether you are a football fan or not, this is going to be a historic moment and it would be a shame for people to miss this major sporting event! We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused and will keep you posted regarding the new date.]

To experience the arts is to experience aspects of humanity which cannot easily be defined or understood in another context. In whatever medium it comes, the importance of ensuring young people have - to coin a phrase - access to the best that has been thought, and said, and created in the arts has never been more pressing.

Yet while some schools manage to maintain a broad and rich cultural offer, others find that they are having to turn away from arts education, driven by among other things a restricted funding environment and accountability pressures that act to narrow the curriculum.

Such a trend, if it continues, is of real concern. It threatens to become yet another factor which divides the more privileged from the less. And it takes away from the majority of the next generation the opportunity for them to experience and feel the power of art, and to have it shape their development.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

About the speaker

Andria Zafirakou, the winner of the Global Teacher Prize 2018, is an arts teacher from Alperton Community School in London, where she fights on a daily basis to ensure that some of the poorest children in England can experience the beauty and power of the arts. Join her for her annual lecture as she sets out why the arts are so important, and what can be done to ensure they are accessible to all.


This event is open and free to all however registration is required.

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Kate Thomas (ioe.events@ucl.ac.uk)