Case Study theme: Power and Voice

How do we embed the voices of children and young people and increase their ability to lead?

This collection of case studies outlines some of the ways that arts, culture and creative learning can support the development of pupils’ voice, agency and their potential to lead. The examples include network-wide initiatives and in-school projects with smaller groups where the power to make decisions has been handed over to children and young people. From these projects we can learn that seeing pupils, and those with a special educational need or disability, as stakeholders and leaders in their own right is not only beneficial for them but is a vitally inclusive step to take.

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Case studies: Power and Voice

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.