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Targeted Interventions – Raising Aspirations


The KS3 intervention programme is designed to re-engage students in their learning and school and tackle underachievement. It provides a structured framework of arts experiences, based around the Arts Award qualification. The programme includes working with artists to undertake: individual art projects; research into artists and their work; leadership activities; and gallery/studio visits. It provides opportunities for students to direct elements of their own learning based on individual interests. The programme can also be run as an alternative curriculum provision at KS4.

School Improvement:

Intervention Programme | Raised Attainment

  • Targeted learner groups: tackling underachievement and disengagement
  • KS3 interventions
  • KS4 alternative curriculum
  • Raise attainment
  • Encourage independent learning and support individual enquiry

The Arts:

Skills Development | Qualification

  • Accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework at Levels 1, 2 or 3 (Level 3 studies carrying 35 UCAS points)
  • Skills-based programmes – drawing, painting, collage, 3D, photography etc
  • Exhibitions for school and artworks for students to take home


  • To re-engage students in their learning and school
  • To develop students’ confidence, self-esteem and raise aspirations
  • To reduce exclusions and improve behaviour
  • To raise attainment
  • To identify progression routes in the arts for learners 

Illustrative Outputs:

  • A series of artist-led workshops in school
  • Participants gain qualifications through Arts Award
  • Original artworks – 2D, 3D or digital (dependent on chosen artform/s)
  • Student leadership activities with peers or another group
  • Artist-led gallery/studio visit
  • An exhibition of the students’ work for peers, families and the wider school community

Outcomes and Impact (taken from two Year 9 Intervention Programmes):

  • 100% of participants learnt new skills
  • 100% of participants gained an additional accredited qualification at Level 1 or 2 (Bronze or Silver Arts Awards)
  • 100% of participants chose GCSE Art following the intervention
  • 100% of participants remained in school, with no temporary or permanent exclusions during or since the programme
  • 100% of participants reported gaining confidence in their own creative abilities 


"There was a definite growth in confidence and maturity in the Year 9s. They followed their own interests and developed their work to a high standard."  Lead Artist

“They started to trust their own decisions and thoughts and become more courageous to follow and explore their very individual and personal ideas. Out of what they might have previously called ‘a failure’, they started to discover that something can grow.” Lead Artist

"Behaviour has been much better since the project." Head of Art

“Students were putting in extra hours to complete their pieces of work. There was an ongoing element of joy and excitement as students worked on pieces of work they wanted to work on. They commented it was first time they could make what they wanted not what they had to.” Lead Artist

Further Ideas:

Exhibiting work in a community centre, local library, local shops or other community setting

Support students to lead short activities to share their learning with their parents

Project Costs:

From £1,910 per term + materials (based on 11 sessions @ £135 + planning meeting @ £75 + moderation @ minimum £350). Costs vary dependent on the number of participants or sessions

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