Sandra Hiett, Liverpool Hope University

Sandra Hiett is a part time professional tutor at Liverpool Hope University leading the post graduate Art and Design course in initial teacher education and a director of studies for the Educational Doctoral programme. She is an independent arts and education researcher for the Beyond Text research project, Curious Minds, Tate Liverpool and other organisations. Her research interests include; contemporary arts education, young people's voice, social justice and practitioner enquiry research. Sandra is an editor for the international Journal of Art and Design Education (iJADE).

Heading: Presentation "Cultural Education: closing the gap"

Lenght: 20min

Introduction: Visual and performing arts have been systematically reduced in the English schools' curriculum over recent years and the attainment gap of disadvantage children has widened. Including over one thousand children and two hundred schools in the North West of England this research project showed a strong correlation between children's engagement in cultural education and an increase their character strengths and academic attainment. This presentation will take 20 minutes. This presentation is suitable for any number of people.