The RSA spoke to arts-rich schools across England. Their stories show a range of creative solutions for achieving an arts focus.
Working with the Education Endowment Foundation, Arts Council England, the Department for Education and Paul Hamlyn Foundation, we are delivering three distinct projects:
Building the evidence for arts-based learning
We are evaluating five promising arts-based learning projects by measuring whether they improve the literacy and creativity skills of participating pupils. The Education Endowment Foundation is leading this work, building on 10 years of experience running more than 100 high quality evaluations in schools. Find out more about the trial.
Supporting schools and practitioners to use evidence
We have established an Evidence Champions Network, bringing together more than 100 educators and arts practitioners to learn about the role that evidence can play in improving the quality and effectiveness of arts-based learning. Contact your local Arts Council Bridge organisation if you would like to join the network.
The Evidence Champions’ Handbook is a practical guide to carrying out evaluations and sharing what you’ve learned, produced by the RSA to support the Network.
Learning from existing practice
We are visiting ‘arts-rich’ schools across the country to improve our understanding of what enables and motivates some schools to put the arts at the heart of learning.
Together, this work will support schools and arts organisations to make informed decisions about the type of arts-based learning that is offered to pupils, driving up the quality of the provision and ensuring that pupils get the most from their learning.