Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
The arts teach children to make good judgments, recognising that problems can have more than one solution. Children can celebrate multiple perspectives: there are many ways to see and interpret the world. Through art, children are able to understand that sometimes learning requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds. Taking part in rich learning opportunities can enable each child to express what cannot always easily be said.