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By Andy Hutteducation writer

Stage a school production and develop children’s team work and business skills

Children on stage

Putting on a school show is an ideal opportunity for developing team work, planning and enterprise skills in children

It’s a common misconception that people who work in the arts are somehow less organised and efficient than those who work in business. But just stop and consider some of the skills used by those working in the theatre: the ability to work with others, understanding and meeting the needs of an audience, meeting deadlines, managing technology – all of which is often achieved with minuscule budgets.

The skills learned in taking part in a production are the sort of skills businesses spend a lot of time and money on trying to develop in their employees. And, they can be invaluable for learning, too. They’re also really good skills children can apply to learning. There’s no substitute either for the way in which a successful school production can build morale and help children, parents and the local community, to see the school, and themselves, in a positive light.

THE PROJECT

Step 1. Selecting the show

Involving children in the choice of production can help to develop speaking and listening skills and generate a lot of enthusiasm. Activities could include: reviewing past productions; producing a questionnaire of children and parent views; presenting the results of the questionnaire; researching what other schools have produced and then making recommendations.

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