‘Arts Award is having a positive impact on young people’s education and career trajectories'
The Arts Award Impact Study has found that Arts Award is a driver of young people’s educational and professional success.
All young people participating benefitted in some way from doing Arts Award and half experienced specific positive impacts on their education or job chances.
Benefits experienced by all participants included improved communication, people and organisational skills, new contacts or connections and increased confidence. 95% of advisers reported seeing a ‘great impact’ on young people’s personal confidence, which young people and advisers indicated as supporting a range of ‘hard’ outcomes.
‘Arts Award can be conceived of as a transformative experience, whatever level is taken’
Doing Gold Award resulted in hard outcomes for all but two young people. While at Bronze level almost a third of young people surveyed (29%) reported experiencing improved school learning, or a positive impact on career aspirations, educational progression or A Level choices.
‘Arts Award is a truly universal qualification that produces hard outcomes across the board’
Accreditation was considered by advisers as crucial to Arts Award’s value, 95% felt it was important or very important to offer Arts Award in order to validate young people’s creative and artistic achievements via a recognised qualification.
Andrew Freeman, Director Europe, Trinity College London, commented:
Laura Gander-Howe, Director Children, Young People and Learning, Arts Council England added:
The research team, which included representatives from London Metropolitan University and University of East London, commented: ‘The research found advisers, other staff, and young people full of praise for certain aspects of the Arts Award qualification which had produced a positive experience for them…Arts Award’s pedagogy is exemplary!’