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Running Arts Award with large groups can have a positive impact on the young people involved and the arts and cultural offer of a school/organisation.


Why run Arts Award with large groups?

Running Arts Award with a large group is an ideal way to build a whole-school culture of engagement in the arts. It can help to raise the profile of arts subjects, engage additional members of staff and can offer some cost-benefits. Schools with large group deliveries have seen a higher proportion of young people choosing to take arts subjects at GCSE and post-16, and large groups offer peer support and encouragement for young people completing their award.  


Below are some examples and resources to help support advisers to run Arts Award with large groups:

Beverley Grammar School
Beverley Grammar School is an 11-18 comprehensive boys’ academy in the market town of Beverley, East Yorkshire. They have so far supported the achievement of 120 Bronze Awards.  Zoe Hughes, Arts Award adviser, introduced a Bronze Pupil Premium project where Year 7 and 8 students on free school meals and Ever 6 were selected to participate in Bronze Arts Award. As a result of the project, some students took up peripatetic instrumental lessons, supporting their progression in music. Self-esteem improved for the majority of students and there was a positive impact on students’ arts subject behaviour scores.

Guiseley School
Guiseley School is an urban comprehensive school for 11-18 year olds based in West Yorkshire. In 2013 they delivered the Bronze award to 222 students. Arts Award is offered as part of the Year 9 curriculum in Art, Music and Drama during the summer term. There are 10 trained Arts Award advisers within the school.

Glenthorne High School
Glenthorne High School is an 11-18 comprehensive school for 11-18 year olds based in Sutton, Greater London. Bronze Arts Award is integrated into the Year 7 curriculum and is taught through different subjects, including music, drama, ICT and art.

Glenthorne High School has also produced a resource to support whole year group delivery of Arts Award Bronze, available here.

  More case studies and additional support and resources can be found on the Arts Award Adviser Hub. Our Bronze Off the Shelf series includes interviews with arts professionals and resources for advisers, and can be used to support large group delivery. Our School Resources Pack also has a section on running Arts Award with large groups.


For guidance on planning and delivering Arts Award, contact the Sector Support Team on 020 7820 6178