A primary school arts program that’s been proven to boost kids’ literacy rates will get a national trial thanks to a $5 million investment from a Shorten Labor Government.
The Song Room program works with disadvantaged schools to deliver music, drama, dance and art classes.
It gives students the opportunity to learn artistic skills, but it’s also shown to improve their performance in literacy, science, technology.
Nearly all Song Room students had literacy results above national minimum standards. Song Room students were 12 months ahead of their peers in literacy and six months ahead in science and technology.
The program has also reduced school absences by 65 per cent.
And the gap in literacy achievement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children virtually disappeared for students doing Song Room.
This program is changing lives, and we want it to be available in more schools.
The investment by Federal Labor will allow Song Room projects to be piloted over three years in 32 schools, across every state and territory in Australia.
The pilot is expected to benefit 12,000 students, 2,500 parents, and 575 teachers.
Each pilot school will receive:
- An expert music, dance, drama, or art teacher for one day every week.
- Arts training for every generalist teacher at the school.
- Community development activities to better involve parents in arts education.
- An evaluation of the program at the end of the pilot.
These materials will available free, nationally.
Labor’s commitment to Song Room comes on top of our extra $14 billion for Australian public schools.
We can afford to make investments in education, because unlike the Liberals we aren’t giving tax handouts to the top end of town.
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