This month we talk to drama tutor Charlotte about the important role the arts play in education, and how cultivating creativity benefits students across every discipline.
What led you into the world of tutoring, and which subjects do you specialise in?
After graduating from drama school, I wanted a flexible career that would work alongside my auditions. I had several friends who were tutors and absolutely loved it, and having benefited from tutoring myself when I was younger, I knew first-hand the academic and personal advantages it can offer students. I now mainly teach French and Drama – they’re incredibly different but both great fun!
What is it that you enjoy most about your job?
Seeing my students progress and grow is very special. I love it when they turn around and say, ‘Oh this is actually quite fun, I always thought this subject was boring!’. With one-to-one tutoring you get to know your students really well, and helping them achieve their goals – however big or small – is really rewarding.
…and working at Figtree?
Tutoring can be quite an isolating job, as you aren’t always surrounded by lots of people every day. Figtree, however, makes you feel like part of a team. They are an incredible support network, offering you advice and help along the way. They also organise amazing events where everyone can get together to share their experiences and ideas.
Why do you think the arts are so important for today’s students?
I think the arts are an essential part of our education – particularly today, as they encourage empathy and openness. They offer a creative outlet that can teach students so much about the world in which we live, and what it is to be human.
Do you think having drama on the curriculum benefits students in other subjects?
Completely! Drama teaches students a wide range of skills that can be transferred to all other subjects. It demands qualities such as collaboration, self-expression and creativity – all of which are useful both inside and outside of the classroom. Engaging in the arts can really increase a student’s social skills and confidence.
Finally – what’s your favourite play and why?
I have lots, it’s so difficult to pick just one! If I had to, it would be ‘Fleabag’ by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. It’s a one-woman show about the trials and tribulations of growing up. It’s incredibly funny but packs an almighty punch at the end that you really don’t see coming. Phoebe is an incredible writer – she’s also just written a TV show called ‘Killing Eve’, which I would also really recommend.