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Best practice
A young boy listens attentively as his
                  teacher plays the guitar

Good practice guidance for the creative arts is rooted in the same principles that are fundamental to all forms of teaching. These are:













For a more detailed description and suggestions for classroom practice read Creative Arts Essentials.

Observe the pupil(s);
Find the motivators;
Adopt a careful approach; and/or
Create structure.
















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Carpenter, B., Cockbill, B., Egerton, J. and English, J. (2010) Children with complex learning difficulties and disabilities: developing meaningful pathways to personalised learning, The SLD Experience, 58: 3-10.


Hinchcliffe, V. (1996) Fairy stories and children's developing theories of mind, International Journal of Early Years Education, 4 (1) 35-46.


Hinchcliffe, V, (1999) It All Comes Out in the Wash: Using TV 'Soaps' with Pupils with Learning Disabilities in: Fawkes S, Hurrell S and Peacey N (eds) Using Television and Video to Support Learning. London: David Fulton.

Karkou, V. and Glasman, J. (2004) Arts, education and society: the role of the arts in promoting the emotional wellbeing and social inclusion of young people, Support for Learning, 19 (2) 57-65.


Lacey, P. (2010) Smart and Scruffy Targets, The SLD Experience, Issue 57.


Lacey, P. (1996) Music in: Carpenter, B., Ashdown, R. and Bovair, K. (eds) Enabling Access: Effective Teaching and Learning for Pupils with Learning Difficulties, London: David Fulton.

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Park, K. and Pilcher, P.J. (2010) Bible stories in Cockney Rhyming Slang, The SLD Experience, 57: 12-15.


Peter, M. (1998) Good for them, or what? The arts and pupils with SEN, British Journal of Special Education, 25 (4) 168-172.


Peter, M. (1998) Accessing the curriculum through the arts for pupils with special educational needs, Support for Learning, 13 (4) 153-156.

Peter, M. (2009) Drama: narrative pedagogy and socially challenged children, British Journal of Special Education, 36 (1) 9-17.


Pilcher, P.J. (2009) Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, adapted by P.J. Pilcher, The SLD Experience, 54: 13-18.


Sherrat, D. and Peter, M. (2002) Developing Play and Drama in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, London: David Fulton.