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Arts and education

The following organisations and links will be useful to those interested in arts and education and working with young people. The Arts in Wiltshire blogsite hosts current information on resources, training and opportunities relating to arts and education and youth arts

Arts Awards support young people who want to deepen their engagement with the arts, build creative and leadership skills, and to achieve a national qualification.

Through Arts Award at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, young people aged 11-25 can explore any of the art forms including performing arts, visual arts, literature, media and multimedia. The award builds confidence, helps young people to enjoy cultural activities, and prepares them for further education or employment.

Wiltshire library service is an Arts Award Supporter and provides activities and resources to support young people on their award journey.

Arts Council England aims to make sure that every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts. Artsmark is the national programme that enables schools, further education colleges and youth justice settings to evaluate, celebrate and strengthen a quality arts offer in order to raise achievement and aspirations.
Artsmark aims to make sure that children and young people are able to develop their artistic capabilities, experience and engage with a range of art forms. It is developed in partnership with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Department of Education and Ofsted.
Visit the Artsmark website for more information about the programme.


Cultural Learning Alliance - champions a right to art and culture for every child


Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) - Real Ideas Agency and Arts Council England's Bridge organisation for the South West.


The Wiltshire and Swindon Education Partnership (W&SCEP) aims to improve educational, cultural and social outcomes for children and young people through broadening effective interaction between cultural organisations (including arts, heritage and libraries) and schools, in places where it is most needed. It is a response to the Cultural Education Challenge set by Arts Council England.

When the Cultural Education Challenge was launched, hundreds of organisations and individuals from the region gathered to develop a plan. In 2017 the executive partners emerged to deliver the plan. These are:

Six school leaders, representing both primary and secondary levels, have been recruited as Cultural Champions to develop this relationship. As key stakeholders in the partnership they are advising on and supporting solutions to the cultural provision challenges that school face. They are actively encouraging innovation and collaboration between cultural providers and schools and participating in developing the following outcomes:

  • More schools engaging in cultural activity
  • Legacy of skills, understanding and capacity within schools to continue engagement in longer term; and capacity within cultural organisations to meet schools and pupils needs
  • Schools enabled to make more informed choices about which cultural providers to engage with and on what basis
  • Improved understanding and interaction between providers and schools

During 2019 and 2020, the W&SCEP will develop a number of initiatives to enhance cultural education. It will engage with more Cultural Champions with special areas of interest and will provide opportunities for schools to engage in innovative education activity that promotes health and wellbeing. Cultural education providers will take part in training that will encourage arts award engagement, support inclusion and work more effectively with SEN/D and deaf children and young people. Additional resources and professional development opportunities for all those involved in cultural education will be developed including case studies and conferences. W&SCEP will be exploring the longer term impact as a central hub for cultural education and its sustainability through a partnership membership model.

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Contact: swindonandwiltshirecep@gmail.com


Part of Wiltshire council's commissioning, performance and school effectiveness team, Wiltshire Music Connect, our music education hub has a strategic overview of provision and providers across the county and provides support and resources to those who deliver music services. It can also connect anyone wanting to learn to service providers all across Wiltshire, including former music service tutors now working on a freelance basis.
Wiltshire Music Connect also provides training & support and subsidies for young musicians.


This charter was developed by Wiltshire Youth Arts Partnership which facilitated youth arts opportunities from approximately 2000 to 2017. The Youth Arts Charter PDF can be found in the downloads section.



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Last updated: 30 April 2020 | Last reviewed: 30 April 2020