Case Study theme: Wide range of artforms

How can we ensure children experience the rich benefits of all art forms?

These case studies detail projects that have provided children and young people with high quality arts and cultural learning experiences, that often touch other areas across the curriculum. Tailored to the needs and interests of schools, most of these projects work directly with pupils while some focus on training and upskilling teachers.

Examples span from early years to primary and secondary and cover music, theatre, film, digital arts and photography. The personal and social impacts include increase in voice, language, confidence, engagement while creative achievements are recognised through Arts Awards and other qualifications. Additionally, the production of performances and exhibitions has developed a unique knowledge of roles and responsibilities that are translatable to other employment areas.

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Case Studies: Wide range of artforms

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.