Thinking back 25 years or so, I was incredibly lucky that my primary school had a very musical staff. We had a windband and recorder group with regular singing assemblies, but lessons were predominantly focused on music and movement, with some percussion thrown in for good measure. As a musician in secondary school, I was often sent out of the room for music lessons to work on a separate performance piece – not exactly collaborative or effective differentiation! Stravinsky was a core work at A-Level, and improvisation, despite being a saxophonist, was something I didn’t touch on until university. The wide-reaching benefits of the arts were widely unknown and certainly not a priority. Unlike UK schools which are now being forced to abandon the arts, Nord Anglia Education has embraced music, dance and drama as key elements of a rounded education, adding breadth and depth, raising expectations and developing cultural literacy.