Activities and resources to help your students harness arts & culture subjects

5 February 2016

We know many schools and colleges are waiting to host a speaker or want to know other ways they can encourage their colleagues and students to emphasise the arts in their school.

Working with our partners we have curated a list of helpful programmes and research that schools can individually explore various resources that can help them bolster their arts programmes, within and outside of the curriculum.


Research: Why are arts & culture subjects important to every student?

Recent reports show the benefits of arts subjects not just as major areas of opportunities for students when thinking about their future careers, but also in cultivating essential skills for success whilst still in education, and ambitions related to STEM.


Programmes To Take Part in: Arts, Drama, Music & More 

From visual arts to culture, music and drama, below are programmes both national and regional for your school or students.


  • BBC Music Day
    • An annual event held in June by the BBC to celebrate the power of music to bring people together, with a huge array of events being organised across the country including concerts and special musical events.
  • BBC Ten Pieces – Secondary & Primary
    • BBC Ten Pieces is an initiative for schools, led by BBC Learning and the BBC Performing Groups, focusing on classical music and creativity, involving free screenings of new films produced for the event with renowned musical groups like the London Philharmonic.
  • Cultural Education Challenge
    • The Cultural Education Challenge is a three-year programme led by A New Direction which is bringing 7 partner organisations and over 100 other organisations together to address the inequalities preventing London’s young people from accessing culture.
  • Film Club
    • Run through Into Film, Film Club is a film-learning programme that enables children and young people aged 5-19, regardless of background or ability, the opportunity to see, think, make and imagine. By setting up a film club in your school, club leaders get access to DVDs, workshops, competitions and more.
  • Music for Youth
    • Music for Youth is a national music education charity providing free access to performance and audience opportunities for young musicians across the UK through its annual season of festivals and concerts.
  • Roundhouse Schools & College Support
    • Roundhouse is a London music venue and artistic hub investing in a range of opportunities for schools and their young people. Find out more about the opportunities they offer such as tours, taster sessions, speaking at careers days and more.
  • Artsmark*
    • The Artsmark Award provides schools with access to high quality and practical resources and networks that will enable them to use the arts to inspire learning and harness the power of the arts in developing happy, successful and confident young people. *Artsmark has an annual school fee for their programme, for more information please visit their website.

For information on other more general programmes that are free for schools and students to use, please check out our Other Programmes page.  To see stories and highlights from our current Arts-focused campaign, take a look at our Creativity, Arts and Culture in State Schools talk series.