‘Folk arts’ introduced in city schools

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Schools in Milton Keynes are set to teach their students folk arts, music and dance.

Loughton School and Stantonbury Campus are both involved with the new initiative led by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).

It will see each school develop a project based around dance, music, drama or other folk arts using material from the local area that has been sourced from The Full English digital archive, which is a programme designed to give folk a new audience.

Frances Watt, The Full English Learning Manager, said: “Combining The Full English digital archive with school projects allows artists to tailor the content to include material that is relevant to the school and that originated from communities in their region.

“This should bring the archive to life and we hope will interest and inspire students and staff as they work with local and regional songs, tunes and stories.

“Each project is geared towards creating a legacy showcasing how folk arts can be used effectively in education settings in the future.

“It will help us develop the skills of schools staff through training support and every school project will be documented so it can provide resources and case studies for future education work.”