Creativity tops agenda at Stoke school's annual presentation evening

Dr Richard Jolley, guest speaker at the St Margaret Ward Catholic College presentation evening. Photo courtesy of St Margaret Ward Catholic College.

A Staffordshire University lecturer has helped enthuse a school community about the role of the arts in developing and educating children.

Dr Richard Jolley addressed an audience of school pupils, teaching staff and parents at the annual presentation evening for St Margaret Ward Catholic College held at the Victoria Hall in Hanley.

Dr Jolley, an expert in child psychology and author of Children and Pictures: drawing and understanding, spoke about the importance of education and creativity for children.

“The school has specialist arts status and it was an honour to be asked to speak about something which I’m known for.” said Dr Jolley.  “The link came through a national charity called Speight of the Art which I’m part of and which also had a presence at the event.”

“The talk put things in an historical and local context, making reference to Stoke’s creative history and how the good work of the school is part of a continuing tradition. The talk also touched on the benefits of children engaging in the arts and in helping them be creative, imaginative, visual thinkers, with honed observational techniques.”

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