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The Full English

Evaluation report from The Full English learning programme with schools now available online

The External Evaluation Report of The Full English Learning Programme (with a focus on the work with schools) is now available to freely download from the EFDSS website.

Written by music education consultant and teacher-trainer Dr Alison Daubney, the Report focuses on the formal education aspect of The Full English learning programme which delivered creative learning projects with 19 schools across England (primary, secondary and SEN) using folk music, dance and other materials from The Full English digital archive. It puts this work briefly in context of the wider learning programme which delivered events for adults, young people and families.

‘This extensive, detailed and thoughtful report is potentially of great interest and value to everyone involved in arts and heritage education. I’m delighted that we are now able to make it publicly available online to share learning from this significant national project.’
Rachel Elliott, EFDSS Education Director

The Report builds upon the key emergent themes from the school case studies:  curriculum and pedagogy; partnership and collaboration; challenging and changing attitudes; sustainability and legacy; and workforce development – and through all of these examines the overarching theme of intangible cultural heritage. It concludes with three sets of useful recommendations: for EFDSS; for others interested in creative arts work in schools; and for artists specifically interested in folk arts education.

It is designed to be read alongside an illustrated case study booklet - How folk music, dance and drama inspired learning in schools, also available to download, which shares outcomes and resources from each of the school projects.

‘It has been a great privilege to work with such a wide range of partners, schools and individuals throughout the duration of The Full English learning programme and this external evaluation. It has taken me to new places, new schools and to engage with new communities. It has made me question my own assumptions, beliefs and definitions of folk arts and intangible cultural heritage. As a teacher-educator, I greatly value the richness of these experiences in both a personal and professional capacity. … The stories here demonstrate the power of folk arts education to continue to thrive and develop in the modern world in inclusive and relevant ways.’
Dr Alison Daubney

Find out more

View film footage from The Full English learning programme.

Download free learning materials developed through The Full English from the new EFDSS Resource Bank

The Full English programme was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and National Folk Music Fund with additional support from The Folklore Society, English Miscellany and individual donations.

Heritage Lottery Fund

The Full English was initiated and led by the English Folk Dance and Song Society in partnership with a range of cultural organisations across England and beyond.

Download the case study booklet featuring all the school projects we delivered through The Full English, sharing outcomes and resources and the external evaluation report for the project.

Case study booklet front cover
Case Studies Booklet
  Evaluation report front cover
Evaluation Report (pdf)



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