– EN Fashion – Burberry’s independent charity is launching a new arts and creative education initiative for schools in the north of England.
The Burberry Foundation, working together with King’s College London, is looking to find out the impact of arts education on young people.
Titled Burberry Inspire, the programme will use a range of cultural activities such as theatre, dance and the arts to improve children’s aspiration, confidence, wellbeing and educational outcomes.
According to the King’s College website, the programme will bring together four cultural partners from Yorkshire – Hepworth Wakefield, Leeds Young Film, Northern Ballet, and West Yorkshire Playhouse – with four schools in the same area to provide an ‘artist in residence’ programme consisting of different cultural experiences, in-curriculum learning and extracurricular clubs and activities.
“At Burberry, we believe that creativity should be nurtured, and we are passionate about championing the benefits of making arts and culture available to all,” said Leanne Wood, a trustee of the Burberry Foundation and chief people, strategy and corporate affairs officer at Burberry.
“We want to inspire young people across the country to explore the wide variety of ways they can be involved in the creative industries, and help to create a wealth of talent for one of Britain’s most important sectors.”
A team from King’s College will be evaluating how effective the Burberry Inspire initiative has been.
“The Policy Institute (at King’s College) has designed a mixed methods approach to establish whether the programme has led to improved educational performance, as well as increased confidence and aspiration, among the students,” a post on the university’s website reads.
“Other studies have already shown that cultural and arts education programmes can be effective at improving student grades in a range of subjects. However, these are often costly when coordinated by government or schools. The Policy Institute’s evaluation of the Burberry Inspire programme will help us understand whether similar programmes coordinated by different funders and organisations can also help increase attainment and make a difference to young people’s lives.”

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