Sadly drama is also a subject which is sometimes not given the attention it deserves in some schools. Thankfully, good schools seek different opportunities for pupils to gain confidence in public-speaking and performing in drama productions too. Teachers know that some children who are reticent in class can really take on a different persona when on stage and act with true flair and panache. On a more positive note, dance is gradually getting a foothold in schools and it is proving to be popular for both boys and girls. This might be partly due to the influence of “Strictly” as many young people regard it as essential Saturday night viewing. In any event, it must surely be a good thing that an interest in dance is being kindled in the younger generation, especially given the health concerns which have been flagged about childhood obesity.
The creative opportunities which music, drama and dance provide are essential in any curriculum. As well as the enjoyment and skills which children develop from these activities, one must not forget the teamwork involved which further enhances pupils’ communication and social skills. It does seem that we are always ready to heap praise on talented individuals in sport, but we should give full and equal credit to those children who achieve great things in the performing arts through their own hard work and commitment.