London Schools Research: Cultural Engagement

Caroline Sharp, Gill Featherstone, Pippa Lord, Anneka Dawson

09 October 2012

In partnership with the Mayor of London and Arts Council England, A New Direction commissioned NFER to investigate the extent and nature of London schools' engagement with cultural organisations. The study indicated that London schools are overall reasonably committed to and active in their cultural engagement activities.

Key barriers to schools’ cultural engagement include lack of funding, transport issues, lack of information about the available opportunities, and time to arrange activities. Survey responses and best practice identified in the consultations highlights the importance of a tailored offer from cultural organisations. The report challenges the cultural sector to diversify their offer and work in partnership with schools, to provide high-quality cultural experiences for children and young people throughout London.

Key Findings

  • a substantial minority do not refer to cultural education in their school development plans or have a member of the governing body with responsibilities for cultural education
  • they are far less engaged with the creative and cultural industries than they are with music, theatre, museums and galleries
  • they report less engagement initiated by the cultural sector than as a result of their own pro-activity in seeking out cultural engagement opportunities.

Related Titles

London Schools Research , London Schools Research , London Schools Research , HEARTS Higher Education, the Arts and Schools , arts, creativity and cultural education , Cultural engagement in London schools