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Young people with learning difficulties - case studies

Below are a selection of case studies from centres working with young people with learning difficulties. For even more case studies from a range of settings, head to the adviser hub where you can search the full list. You can also find out about the work of our current Arts Award Good Practice Centres.

You can more find stories from young people on Arts Award Voice, our online magazine for young people aged 13 to 25. You can search for case studies, and the young people you're working with can also post their own stories to share. 

  • The New School at West Heath is a Specialist Independent School catering for students aged 11-19 with a diverse range of needs. Discover, Explore, Bronze and Silver are delivered to students through the curriculum with Gold offered ad an extra-curricular activity for students interested in purusing a career in the arts.
  • Parkside School is a special school for students with complex needs from Years 3 to 11. They delivered Arts Award Discover through an Arts Week, involving all students and staff, and three visiting artists.

'In working towards the Arts Award our students learn more about themselves and their peers and begin to understand where they fit in the world around them, which is often a confusing place for a person with learning disabilities' Sharon Ainscough, Teacher, Chatsworth School

'It is unusual to see a qualification that is fully accessible to all different sorts of learners. It measures their personal journey. We offer Arts Award from Year 10 onwards timetabled and supported by lunch-time and out of hours clubs.' Keith Youngson, Deputy Head Fox Hollies Special School


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Please direct any young people you have worked with that would like to share their Arts Award story with us to Arts Award Voice case study.