Arts Council England have developed a set of principles by which the arts and cultural sector can underpin their work with by and for children and young people.
Seven quality principles have been developed as a result of close collaboration between the Arts Council England and arts and cultural organisations that work with children and young people.
The seven quality principles are:
- Striving for excellence and innovation
- Being authentic
- Being exciting, inspiring and engaging
- Ensuring a positive and inclusive experience
- Actively involving children and young people
- Enabling personal progression
- Developing belonging and ownership
The 7 principles
1. Striving for excellence and innovation
Having a clear vision and striving for excellence, through providing high- quality arts work and experiences, to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and young people.
Is there a real commitment in this project to achieving excellence by, with and for children and young people?
2. Being authentic
Being authentic in every aspect of the work, through offering as real and meaningful an artistic experience or product as possible, to help young people develop artistic and aesthetic awareness, understanding and skills.
Is it authentic; is it the real thing?
3. Being exciting, inspiring and engaging
Being exciting and engaging, through providing inspiring and relevant opportunities that stretch, challenge and excite children and young people, to foster both positive dispositions towards the arts, and to enhance their self-esteem, wider aspirations and life and career choices.
Are children and young people excited, engaged and inspired?
4. Ensuring a positive and inclusive experience
Ensuring a positive, child-centred experience for all children and young people, through having the passion, commitment, knowledge and skills for work involving children and young people, helping them to develop as confident individuals and celebrate their achievements. This would include encouraging individual contributions and valuing diversity.
Does it ensure a positive and inclusive experience?
5. Actively involving children and young people
Emphasising the active involvement of children and young people, through interactive opportunities – hands-on participation, direct collaboration, creative responses, or other interaction – to develop children and young people’s skills and creativity.
Are children and young people actively involved?
6. Enabling personal progression
Taking account of children and young people’s individual needs, through recognising their different starting points, experiences and achievements; enabling them to achieve their potential, and progress on to next steps in their learning and achievement.
Do children and young people progress and know where to go next?
7. Developing belonging and ownership
Focusing on children and young people’s sense of ownership and sense of belonging, through encouraging choice, autonomy, decision-making and creative responses, so that young people can make an informed judgement about ‘this is, or could be, or isn’t for me’.
Do children and young people feel they belong and it belongs to them?
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