The Royal Academy of Arts is excited to take part in the 2016 Pupil Premium Awards, a recognition scheme developed by the Department of Education to showcase schools’ hard work and innovation in supporting their disadvantaged pupils. The award celebrates the success of these schools, and encourages them to share their good practice with others. In 2016, schools in four awards categories (Key Stage 2, Key Stage 4, special schools and Alternative Provision, and infants and Key Stage 3) will be rewarded for the work they have done to improve the performance of disadvantaged children.
Teachers and students at the 8 winning schools will be offered a range of experiences by some of the country’s leading creative and cultural organisations, including the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Science Museum. As Visual Arts Partner in the awards, the Royal Academy is pleased to offer schools the chance to take part in artmaking workshops either at the RA or at their school, plus a tour of one of the RA’s blockbuster exhibitions, and much more. Full details are available here.
The winning schools will be announced in May 2016.
“We are delighted to be taking part in this year’s Premium Awards for the first time as a cultural partner. The Royal Academy of Arts is home to a community of the world’s greatest artists and architects, and a centre for the training of emerging artists, with practitioners and an art school at our heart. In the lead up to our 250th anniversary in 2018 we are more committed than ever to supporting and engaging with Britain’s schools in the study of art. As such, we are very excited to work with the DfE in presenting a wide range of prizes for the teachers, the winning schools and the runners up of this important initiative to benefit from, as well as developing long-lasting relationships with each of the students involved.”
Charles Saumarez Smith, Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts