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Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Schools and Museums Toolkit

This is a practical guide on how to create accessible and inclusive museum experiences for special schools and SEND ( special educational needs and disability) families. This toolkit is product of a South East Museum Development Programme project linking museums with special schools in Kent. It highlights simple, low-cost improvements you can put in place, ... Read more

Published: 2019 | Resource type: Guide/tools

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The MAC, Belfast, reduces the fear of the unfamiliar for children with autism spectrum disorder

Melissa McMinn shares how developing MACtile tours has helped the MAC welcome children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Published: 2017 | Resource type: Case studies

Passport to the MAC

The MAC, Belfast, increases school visits with Passport to the MAC

Melissa McMinn shares how the MAC developed a primary schools reward scheme to make trips to the Christmas show more accessible.

Published: 2017 | Resource type: Case studies

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Top tips to market your dance or performing arts school

Consider This share their top tips to make your dance or performing arts school stand out.

Published: 2016 | Resource type: article

Panto Wheels: a sponsored fundraising event in the arts

Panto Wheels is a scheme run by Cambridge Arts Theatre to help children from culturally and socially deprived areas of Cambridgeshire to attend the theatre’s Christmas pantomime by subsidising the cost of travel. In 2013 Victoria Willingale did a sponsored bike ride to raise awareness and money for Panto Wheels. By working with local partners, including the ... Read more

Published: 2015 | Resource type: Case studies

Arts access programme for regional South Australian communities

Country Arts SA is one of South Australia’s largest arts organisations, providing arts and services across regional South Australia through a range of arts programs and initiatives, the management of performing and visual arts venues, and the provision of grant funding which supports the creative endeavours of communities and individuals. This case study provides a brief ... Read more

Published: 2012 | Resource type: Case studies

Using public art to engage with visually impaired children

This case study demonstrates how a Queensland school uses interactive artwork to communicate information and enable learning for visually impaired children.  The case study outlines the key outcomes and findings of the project as well as future plans for continuation of this worthy initiative.

Published: 2012 | Resource type: Case studies

Helping schools focus on improving skills in language, reading and writing

Launched in November 2011 the Ant Club has been developed by the Booktrust to provide resources to support the development of children’s language, reading and writing during the early years and infant phases of education in schools.  There are currently 1,192 schools taking part. This report presents the findings from the evaluation of The Ant Club intervention that ... Read more

Published: 2013 | Resource type: Research

Where can museums find young people?

This factsheet explains how cultural institutions such as museums, galleries and heritage sites can locate and attract young people to take part in Kids in Museums Takeover Day. It is useful in general for cultural organisations who want to know where to find young people ahead of a special event.

Published: 2011 | Resource type: Guide/tools

The role creative technology and art can play within curriculum-based learning

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is the UK’s leading media arts centre, based in Liverpool. This case study describes how FACTs milestone project ‘Flunstellas’ took digital technology into the classroom and embedded it within curriculum-based learning. Working with Year 7 and 8 students from Weatherhead Media Arts College and emerging artist, Neil Winterburn, ... Read more

Published: 2013 | Resource type: Case studies

Questions & Dancers: Making new work for young people

The Questions & Dancers project offered emerging choreographers the chance to work with young people in the making of new work whilst engaging dance experience to young audiences. The project was created for eight to eleven year-old children and their families and presented by The Place, Sadler’s Wells and Company of Angels. This case study ... Read more

Published: 2013 | Resource type: Case studies

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How to creatively teach science through music

Explore the impact of innovative teaching methods in science on attainment, achievement and attitudes of pupils. By encouraging teachers to use music when exploring the science of sound, this project demonstrates how lessons can be made more engaging.

Published: 2013 | Resource type: Case studies

How arts and cultural organisations can work with schools

A report exploring how arts and cultural organisations can work with schools. It focuses on: the type and nature of work taking place; key criteria for schools in working with arts organisations; art form priorities and provision for schools; communication between arts organisations and schools; the challenges and barriers facing schools in accessing provision; funding, ... Read more

Published: 2012 | Resource type: Research

New ways of engaging audiences with historic collections through user-generated interpretation

This paper provides a short overview of the HLF-funded Pre-Raphaelite Experiment, where Manchester Art Gallery trialled new ways of engaging audiences with historic collections through user-generated interpretation. The year-long programme brought families, community groups, schools and volunteers together to re-evaluate one of the city’s highly valued but potentially insufficiently-understood cultural assets. In a significant departure ... Read more

Published: 2012 | Resource type: Case studies


Realising the values of young people’s creative production

Using research from Creative Partnerships, this article argues that the main skill young people will need will be the capacity to link creativity to meaning in their own terms and in ways that will allow them to match production and products to purpose and audience. This means that the capacity to respond to the different expectations that there are will be ... Read more

Published: 2007 | Resource type: article

How can I market my dance school to prospective students?

A quick reference guide to how marketing techniques can help dance schools deliver new students through their doors. It presents a number of practical and low-cost tools: getting your key messages right; strengthening your online presence; keeping the flow in interesting news and information (especially through social media); database and email marketing; and building local ... Read more

Published: 2012 | Resource type: Guide/tools

The impacts of an immersive learning programme at Imperial War Museum

The study reviewed the immersive and experiential learning programme for young people – Their Past Your Future (TPYF). It evaluated how direct engagement with people, places and objects impacted on a personal and societal level, and how it enhanced knowledge for young people and educational institutions. It also explored impacts on the Imperial War Museum ... Read more

Published: 2010 | Resource type: Research

The impacts of a CPD programme at Imperial War Museum

The study reviews the InSite educator immersive learning CPD programme, part of Their Past Your Future (TPYF). The programme involved participants from schools, museums, curriculum development and educator training. The report explores why the combination of elements of the programme produces the impact that it does to explore the learning techniques employed and to consider ... Read more

Published: 2010 | Resource type: Research


Engaging schools – the style of our lives project

This report outlines the process and outcomes of The Style of Our Lives, a LIFT project with the aim of celebrating the ‘theatre of the streets’ as represented by individual style and dress,  that took place in Stoke Newington in 2000.  Find out whether the aims and objectives of the programme were met, how the ... Read more

Published: 2001 | Resource type: Research

Learn how Brindley Arts Centre used artists working in the community to develop an engaging exhibition programme

This case study from Inspired Responses talks through how a newly-opened arts centre addressed the needs of local schools in its arts programming by working with local artists on a community engagement programme. It covers how to work with schools and teachers to find space in the curriculum for art (at mainstream as well as ... Read more

Published: 2011 | Resource type: Case studies