SteamCo, the social enterprise devoted to bringing science and the arts to schools, launched its Summer of Love Arts at Westminster yesterday – and Rescue Our Schools was there. As befits SteamCo events, the whole thing kicked off with some wacky improvisation from Amy Cooke-Hodgson (see our video on Facebook and Twitter). Then came all sort of speakers, among them Madeleine Holt, Rescue Our Schools’ co-founder, who explained the work of the More than a Score alliance for alternatives to SATs.
Sharon Hodgson, the MP for Sunderland West, hosted the event. She was joined by Shadow Early Years Minister Tracy Brabin, Thelma Walker MP (herself an ex primary head) and fellow education select committee member Gillian Keegan MP, who represents Chichester for the Conservatives.
There was a strong sense of MPs from all parties coming together to fight for more creativity within the curriculum. The highlight was a speech from Andria Zafirakou, the head of art at Alperton Community School, and recent winner of the one million dollar Global Teacher Prize.
SteamCo begin their tour in Brighton on May 7th, before traveling to Leeds, London, Stoke and much more. The tour ends at Camp Bestival in July.