SAVING THE ARTS IN OUR SCHOOLS

Last month we wrote an article about the worrying state of school funding that has been imposed by our government, to come into effect from September 2017 (READ HERE). As the axe looks set to fall, the support given and received between arts organisations like Bigfoot and schools strengthens in order to ensure that we don’t lose creativity within the classroom altogether.

Due to this, we have been talking with our schools in order to see what we can do to try and plug the holes that are inevitably now forming throughout schools, such as reduced full time teaching staff, lack of cover and support staff, reduction in enrichment opportunities and after school clubs for children. Therefore, we have not only come up with a menu of options that give schools a discounted offer to buy in companies like ours, but we have also created our ‘Money Back Guarantee’ promise to help demonstrate that we are on YOUR side and to the limit risk you take when booking an outside creative provider for your school.

So, if you are not happy with our service and the quality of our work, for any legitimate reason at all, we will provide you with a full refund upon receipt of a claim; it’s as simple as that!

You can download our ‘MONEY BACK GUARANTEE’ Terms and Conditions HERE.

To read our menu of ‘BIGFOOT SOS’ discounted programmes, please CLICK HERE.

And if you would like to practically show your support for the arts in schools, Action for Children’s Arts (ACA) has been busy writing to all 650 MPs asking them to sign a pledge for the arts, created by children and young people. They have been delighted to have had a varied cross-party response thus far. However, 600+ signatures are STILL needed…

http://childrensarts.org.uk/campaigning/write-to-your-mp/

As always, we are forever hopeful things can and will change in future; ten years ago the arts came under fire with enormous and catastrophic cuts to the arts council and the many wonderful organisations it funded through awarding grants. Schools also weathered a fierce storm 20 years ago whereby they were forced to re-look at how they supported extra curricular activities and resources. It’s hard not to take these current simultaneous cuts to both education and the arts personally, but we have a duty to ensure that whatever happens, these budget restraints do not have an impact on our children’s ability to achieve in life…