All our projects are independently evaluated to assess their impact and effectiveness

Read about them below and see how others view our work.

Children and the Arts - Start project - Children from local primary schools do a drama workshop with Masks at Greenwich & Lewisham Young People's Theatre in Woolwich. 
Photograph by Amit Lennon
Date: 9 June 2015

Start 14/15 Evaluation

Start was first set up by Children & the Arts in 2006 with the ultimate aim of enabling school children to experience the arts by introducing them to their local cultural venue. On the Start programme Children & the Arts works with arts venues across the country for up to 3 years, allowing schools and arts […]

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Relaxed Performance Project 2012/13

Relaxed Performances are creative, safe and inspiring public theatre performances for children with special needs, including Autistic Spectrum Conditions and/or learning disabilities and, crucially, their families. Performances are specially designed to give those who otherwise might feel excluded the chance to experience live theatre. The Relaxed Performance Project saw 8 Relaxed Performances take place across […]

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Catalyst 11/12

Catalyst aims to provide practical ideas for teachers to employ in their day-to-day teaching of the arts. The programme focuses on increasing teachers’ longer-term confidence in the teaching of the arts, supported by working in partnership with arts practitioners and arts organisations.

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Catalyst 09/10

Catalyst 2009/10 delivered a programme of twenty-four individual workshops, facilitated by locally based professional arts practitioners across a range of artforms. These workshops were participatory in nature, in order to encourage teachers to gain first hand experience of new creative ideas, to be used on return to the classroom.

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Start 11/12

Start is designed to help the children involved build a strong relationship with a local cultural venue and to provide them with opportunities to improve their creative, personal and academic skills.


MusicQuest 11/12

MusicQuest 2011/12 was the fourth year this project had run – introducing children to music through concert and participation. Our independent report shows that the project has built on previous models and achieved its aims.

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PoetryQuest 12/13

PoetryQuest 2012/13 was the second year the project has run in this model – introducing children to performance poetry. Our independent report shows that the project built on previous models and achieved its aims.


Great Art Quest 11/12

Great Art Quest’s 2011/12 evaluation report examines the impact the project has had in transforming the lives of young people in high-need areas across the UK.

Poetry Quest 2011/2012

PoetryQuest 11/12

PoetryQuest 2011/12 was the second run of the Children and the Arts literacy offer. Our independent report shows that the project built on previous models and achieved its aims.


Start 10/11

Children & the Arts’ ongoing Start programme is now in its fifth year of introducing young people to the arts.

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DesignQuest 10/11

DesignQuest 10/11 was a pilot for a project based on introducing fashion design to secondary school children.

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Start 09/10

Start has been at the centre of what we do since we first became an independent charity.