Children & the arts is the only arts education charity working with hard to reach children across all art forms and across the whole of the UK.

Every day we see the enormous impact early exposure to the arts can have on children. Through the annual evaluation of our programmes we know we are having an incredible impact on children’s lives across the UK and improving year on year.

Changing perceptions & overcoming barriers


of teachers say Start helped pupils to develop an appreciation of an art form
of teachers agreed pupils developed an interest in participating in the arts outside of school as a result of Start

Children have created fact books, separate performances, done extra homework on the subject, borrowed library books to find out more. And all of these were things they did in their spare time without me asking them.

Teacher, Great Art Quest

Increasing confidence, creativity and self-esteem



of teachers claim increased confidence and creativity from children


One of the pupils embraced the whole sketchbook idea – she filled it from cover to cover. She just could not stop – it unlocked something…it revolutionised her life

Arts Partner, Start

Raising attainment & Inspiring teachers


of teachers report positive impact on children’s academic skills
of teachers said that they would use their experience from Start to inform classroom work

The wider school has seen what we’ve done. Previously before this, art is sometimes forgotten about, it’s the bottom of the list. But it’s put us back on the map inside school. A lot more teachers have been interested in art.

Teacher, Start

Arts venues challenged and supported to do more


of arts venues continue to work with partnered schools four years after projects started


The whole team are able to be much more inclusive and not fazed by some of the access issues that have come up as part of a Start Hospices day. As a building we now know we can do that kind of work and it’s not scary. And we’re much more likely to take on a project like that again.

Arts Partner, Start Hospices



Read more about our work with schools and hospices