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Call for School Partners Applications: Social Justice

Monday, July 5, 2021 - 09:00

Are you a teacher or headteacher with an interest in using arts learning to address social injustices that affect your students?


Bow Arts Learning is embarking on a project in response to the social injustices that have been highlighted by recent global events. We have successfully received funds from Paul Hamlyn Foundation to deliver a research and development project over the next two years. We are recruiting up to ten schools to work with us from September 2021 – April 2023.

Bow Arts Learning will work collaboratively with schools and artists to explore the issues and barriers for children and young people and devise arts-based projects that respond to these specific needs. The objectives and aims will be defined collaboratively after a process of review and exploration of the schools' contexts. We might look at how to use arts-based learning to lessen the attainment gap, improve motivation, wellbeing and confidence and help achieve equity in learning experiences. We may look at injustices around race and class in society and how these translate into children and young people’s learning. We want to work with you to define and address specific barriers and challenges in your school.

Provocations that we wish to explore include, but are not limited to:

  • How has the pandemic affected the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people?
  • Which inequalities have been highlighted?
  • What are the systemic barriers upheld within the education system? How can arts-based learning counter these impacts/help to achieve equity?
  • Can we change society? What can we as cultural organisations, artists and schools do to address inequity?

In Autumn Term 2021, you will embark on a 5 day research and development programme with Bow Arts and artists with experience of social justice practice. This will be during school hours and Bow Arts will fund your time out of the classroom. We will collaboratively learn about the challenges young people face surrounding issues of race, socioeconomic background and mental health. You will be partnered with an artist to plan creative arts projects, in 2022 and 2023, to address issues for students in your school.


Autumn Term: 1 September - 21 December 2021

 5 days on Research and Development activities with Bow Arts and Artists (We have funding in place for staffing costs incurred)

(dates TBC)

Spring Term: 4 January - 4 April 2022  5 days artist in-school workshop delivery (dates TBC)
Academic year: September 2022 - April 2023  20 day artist in-school project delivery in response to pilots in Spring Term 2022



  • A primary, secondary or special school
  • London based
  • You must have buy-in from your Headteacher
  • Be able to commit to 5 days R&D out of the classroom (with cover paid) in Autumn Term 2021
  • Be able to host pilot projects in Spring Term 2022 and legacy projects in the classroom in the
  • Academic year 2022-23


Please register your interest in responding to by 9am Monday 5 July stating that you meet the requirements and provide the following info:

  • Your name
  • Your role at school
  • School name
  • School borough
  • Primary/Secondary
  • How you feel students have been impacted by recent global events
  • Issues you might like to address

If you have any questions about the project please contact Michelle McGrath, Head of Learning,


Friday, June 4, 2021