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Survey Responses Academic Year 2021/22

This research serves to address the lack of data currently available on schools’ engagement with the arts in Leeds. A baseline understanding of how schools currently engage with local cultural organisations is needed to inform cultural strategy and funding priorities. It will support evaluation of the legacy of the LEEDS 2023 programme of activities across the city and will support other cultural organisations to perform their own evaluations and benchmarking activities.

A pilot survey was sent to members of the senior leadership team at every school in Leeds, designed to collect data about schools’ arts curriculum and extra-curricular delivery of arts and cultural activities. This will act as a pilot to gauge response and validate the approach and methodology for a future phase of work.

Key findings from the survey responses are presented on this page, based on 40 responses from 35 schools, out of the total 293 schools in Leeds.

The headline statistics below refer to the headline findings from the survey responses provided.

Arts commitment

74%of survey respondents said their school had a commitment to pupil entitlement in the arts

Additional funding

27%said they seek additional funding for arts trips outside the school

Local arts partnerships

80%primary schools have a partnership with local arts organisations

Local schools partnerships

40%have partnerships with other local schools to support the arts curriculum.

Sign-posting opportunities

74%actively sign-post arts opportunities for pupils to develop creative skills

Local arts programmes

15%of schools said they are part of a local/community-based arts programme.

The visualisations below provide a more detailed breakdown of survey responses. They give an insight into how schools in Leeds are engaging with arts and culture, their facilities and approaches to funding for schools wishing to engage with other organisations.

Overview of Respondents

The responding schools can be described in a number of ways, as visualised below. Based on this sample size, it is not possible to say that the findings represent the whole population of schools in Leeds. This information is therefore presented to indicate the range of schools who did respond.

Of the 34 schools used in this analysis:

Primary

8.8%

Secondary

25.6%

Through

11.1%

Responses by school type

020%40%VoluntarySpecialIndependentFoundationCommunityAcademy & FreeAcademy & Free: 11.6% respondedCommunity: 14.0% respondedFoundation: 16.2% respondedIndependent: 6.3% respondedSpecial: 25.0% respondedVoluntary: 5.8% responded

By school size

020%40%1500+ pupils1001 to 1500 pupils501 to 1000 pupilsUp to 500 pupilsUp to 500 pupils: 8.1% responded501 to 1000 pupils: 26.0% responded1001 to 1500 pupils: 27.3% responded1500+ pupils: 27.3% responded

By Artsmark

The percentage of survey respondents who have been awarded, or who are working towards, an Artsmark award.

020%40%60%Not involved with ArtsMarkWorking TowardsRegisteredAwardedAwarded: 38.5% respondedRegistered: 15.0% respondedWorking Towards: 50.0% respondedNot involved with ArtsMark: 7.0% responded

By Arts Award Centres

The percentage of survey respondents who are registered as an Arts Award centre.

020%40%Not Registered Registered as an Arts Award CentreRegistered as an Arts Award Centre: 31.3% respondedNot Registered : 10.1% responded

Arts Provision in Schools

Commitment to the arts

The headlines below describe the responses given by staff when asked about their school's commitment to pupil entitlement in the arts. For example, every pupil learns a musical instrument, or has the opportunity to go on trips each year.

Overall

74%of schools said they have a particular commitment to pupil entitlement in the arts

Primary schools

95%of primary schools have a commitment to the arts - almost 3x more than secondary schools

Secondary schools

35%of secondary schools have a commitment to pupil entitlement in the arts.

Primary schools were three times more likely to report that they had a particular commitment. However, when asked about their school's arts curriculum, secondary schools were more likely to consider their school's offering as 'Excellent'.

Secondary schools were also more likely to report their extra-curricular offering as 'Good'.

Arts opportunities

74%of schools actively sign-post for pupils to develop creative skills and participate in arts opportunities beyond the curriculum

Competitions & showcases

65%of schools enter pupils into competitions or showcases - whether that is at a local community or regional/national level

Schools are therefore actively promoting involvement with art and culture and sign-posting students to organisations and opportunities outside their normal curriculum.

External Practitioners

Survey responses showed that schools in Leeds actively seek out opportunities to partner with local cultural organisations. Learn more about partnership organisations.

Primary schools

80% said they have a partnership with a local (professional) arts organisation.

Secondary schools

40%said they have a partnership with a local (professional) arts organisation.

Special schools

33%said they have a partnership with a local (professional) arts organisation.

Partnership organisations offer a range of services, including workshops in the schools, after school clubs, music provision, performances in schools, meeting artists, trips for performances.

External practitioners offered programmes across many artforms...


Music

Theatre

Dance

Museums/Heritage

Art


Overall, 2 in 3 schools said that they invited organisations and creative practitioners into their school to deliver arts performances and workshops - 75% of primary schools, and 40% of secondary schools. The subject areas of these organisations are broken down below. Practitioners were mostly brought into schools for theatre, music and dance programmes. Regular music and dance groups were most often delivered by external providers.

Subject areas of the organisations and creative practitioners engaging with schools:

Other
Special School
Secondary
Primary
Overall
0100%20%40%60%80%FilmArtMuseum/HeritageDigital media and gamingDesign and TechnologyDanceMusicTheatreTheatre
Overall: 73%
Music
Overall: 64%
Dance
Overall: 59%
Design and Technology
Overall: 14%
Digital media and gaming
Overall: 9%
Museum/Heritage
Overall: 50%
Art
Overall: 50%
Film
Overall: 0%
Theatre
Primary: 80%
Music
Primary: 60%
Dance
Primary: 67%
Design and Technology
Primary: 13%
Digital media and gaming
Primary: 7%
Museum/Heritage
Primary: 67%
Art
Primary: 47%
Film
Primary: 0%
Theatre
Secondary: 75%
Music
Secondary: 75%
Dance
Secondary: 50%
Design and Technology
Secondary: 25%
Digital media and gaming
Secondary: 25%
Museum/Heritage
Secondary: 0%
Art
Secondary: 50%
Film
Secondary: 0%
Theatre
Special School: 0%
Music
Special School: 100%
Dance
Special School: 0%
Design and Technology
Special School: 0%
Digital media and gaming
Special School: 0%
Museum/Heritage
Special School: 0%
Art
Special School: 50%
Film
Special School: 0%
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Local partnerships:

Local arts organisations

65%said they have a relationship with a local arts organisation over a number of years.

School partnerships

44%said they have a partnership with another local school to support the arts curriculum.

Local community arts programmes

15%said they are part of a local/community-based arts programme.

Facilities

1 in 5 schools said they do not have access to any arts or creative facilities. Most schools that responded to the survey have access to a music room and theatre or hall space with some production facilities. 80% of secondary schools had access to an art studio compared with only 1 in 5 primary schools, or 1 in 3 special schools.

The majority of both primary (92%) and secondary (70%) schools provide musical intruments, if they offer lessons.

Schools indicated that they have the following facilities:

Other
Special School
Secondary
Primary
Overall
0100%20%40%60%80%No arts/creative facilitiesOther arts/creative facilitiesArt studiosA music studioA drama studioA theatre/hall space with production facilitiesMusic lesson/practice roomsMusic lesson/practice rooms
Overall: 74%
A theatre/hall space with production facilities
Overall: 56%
A drama studio
Overall: 26%
A music studio
Overall: 26%
Art studios
Overall: 38%
Other arts/creative facilities
Overall: 24%
No arts/creative facilities
Overall: 21%
Music lesson/practice rooms
Primary: 60%
A theatre/hall space with production facilities
Primary: 50%
A drama studio
Primary: 5%
A music studio
Primary: 5%
Art studios
Primary: 20%
Other arts/creative facilities
Primary: 10%
No arts/creative facilities
Primary: 30%
Music lesson/practice rooms
Secondary: 100%
A theatre/hall space with production facilities
Secondary: 70%
A drama studio
Secondary: 70%
A music studio
Secondary: 60%
Art studios
Secondary: 80%
Other arts/creative facilities
Secondary: 40%
No arts/creative facilities
Secondary: 0%
Music lesson/practice rooms
Special School: 67%
A theatre/hall space with production facilities
Special School: 33%
A drama studio
Special School: 0%
A music studio
Special School: 33%
Art studios
Special School: 33%
Other arts/creative facilities
Special School: 67%
No arts/creative facilities
Special School: 33%
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Funding & Support

The section below provides an overview of the survey responses when school staff were asked about the funding and support they have accessed to enable arts and enrichment activities in their school.

1 in 4 schools reported that they attract additional funding for arts curriculum and enrichment activities. Funding sources are broken down by school type below.

Funding sources for provision of art curriculum and enrichment activity:

Trusts and foundations

63%of schools said they received additional funding from trusts and foundations.

Leeds City Council

88%of schools said they received additional funding from Leeds City Council.

Fundraising events or activities

38%of schools said they received additional funding from fundraising activities.

Parents

25%of schools said they received additional funding from parent contributions.

Other sources

13%of schools said they received additional funding from other sources not mentioned.
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