Mission Statement

EdChat
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Mission Statement
EdChat intends to ensure all students are able to access outstanding educational activities (ideas) and educational resources. EdChat is comprised of these exceptional teaching ideas, resources, forums and takes a leading role in arts education through the Institute of Art (IOA).
The IOA aims to offer access and equipment for all artistic mediums and pursuits. We work with academic, and other artistic experts from all art forms to develop and publish new resources, as well as to improve and increase access to already existing resources. We also strive to ensure that these resources are maintained and preserved as a historical record for the future.

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Context

The UK has a strong tradition within the arts and has relatively high levels of involvement throughout history, it is an integral part of British culture. Arts generally inspire people from around the world and bring people together.

[Nationally] Government is not able to finance such projects from public funds, we must continue to encourage the development of new projects and works, to advance the arts and arts education as well as develop & improve international relationships. Lost Arts reports cuts to the arts in the region of 30%(2015). The Arts Council's budget went from £387.7 million in 2011/12 to £349.4 million in 2014/15 - The UK Film Council was cut in 2015 along with Local Area Authorities funding for arts.

[In Education] Schools are under pressure to perform well primarily in numeracy and literacy; as a result many humanities including the arts can fall into the background. This is concerning as we are able to teach 4-11 year olds how to read music, yet research shows many children leave secondary school unable to read a simple score.

The main problem identified is the inability for British citizens primary children and schools to access resources to develop a wide range of skills particularly in arts and culture, an area that the United Kingdom proudly present as a part of its heritage.

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