Case study theme: Real world

How can we celebrate or address an important local issue?

This collection of case studies describes initiatives that involved pupils as active citizens in exploring real-world local issues and celebrating aspects of local heritage and real life through the arts. Examples include primary and secondary age groups and local young offenders. Students increased their awareness of local issues and engaged in debates and decisions impacting on their local areas. In turn, this benefited the local community, informed place-making and youth justice and raised the aspirations of the young people involved. secondary and primary pupils.

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Case studies: Real world

About these Case Studies

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch)’s report The Arts in Schools (1982), A New Direction commissioned this suite of case studies as a companion piece to new research by Pauline Tambling and Sally Bacon that reflects on arts and education 40 years since this seminal report. The new report will be released in March 2023.

Find out more about the Arts in Schools review.

This suite of case studies was curated by arts researcher Sarah B Davies.