Kick Arts is a dynamic, innovative flexi-school model for young people struggling or out of mainstream education, particularly those who have an interest in different forms of Art & creativity.
"What is so special about the arts is that it fires imagination, it offers safety, it gives vulnerable students the opportunity to connect with learning and developing their own learning strategies in the safety of an environment where there is no failing only experimenting positively. That's what's different about Kick Arts.”
“It’s given him confidence. He said to me when he’d finished ‘Mum I have never finished anything in my life, and this is the first thing.”
“Harry is now attending and is no longer a problem and is engaged in school; he wasn't attending school at all before Kick Arts.”
Kick Arts is supported and funded by:
Kick Arts in Pictures...
From photography to sewing, puppetry to music and electronic sound, the participants of our Kick Arts Cohort 2015 have been exploring irresistable art forms whilst being inspired to learn and build relationships with others.
Using creativity and the irresistible qualities of the arts, the Kick Arts programme has been proven to improve young people’s attitudes to and relationships with learning. Artists with special talent and experience of working with disengaged young people lead and inspire learning through a variety of art forms, from young slam poets, to photographers, film makers, musicians, makers and visual artists. The programme finds the learning style that best suits the needs of the individual and leads to the achievement of the Arts Award qualification at Entry Level 3, QCF levels 1 and 2. Participants are supported to lead their own learning and to pass their knowledge on to other young people, which improves their confidence and self-esteem. Kick Arts offers a flexible, phased approach to inspire, motivate and reintegrate disengaged learners into education.
Since the completion of the comprehensive evaluation conducted by the Oxford University Education Research Department, of the Kick Arts 2015 groups, OYAP Trust has been working in close partnership with the Pitt Rivers Museum to build on and extend our alternative education offer in Oxfordshire together.
“Kick Arts was a critical and timely intervention for the students I referred. If they hadn't gone to Kick Arts their attendance and engagement would have stopped and would have slipped into total non-attendance..With Kick Arts they got something out of it, an accreditation which is worth a lot…Kick arts was creative, flexible with a qualification at the end of it and it helped their behaviour – it made genuine differences in their behaviour.”
Assistant Headteacher of a school in Banbury
"In 2015, a collaboration between Oxford University’s Pitt Rivers Museum and Oxford Youth Arts Partnership, called Kick Arts (I must watch how I say that), provided an inspirational setting to help re-engage young people who had left education through weekly arts workshops tailored to their interests, working towards an Arts Award qualification."
- Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture
This journey at kick arts has helped me overcome the challenges... It's felt like the whole world was against me... Now I look at life differently, Now i'm heading into the distance, Taking all of this knowledge with me.
– Participant 2018
“I would describe it to be the most best thing the school has let me do. It has teached me new skills and I have met some very inspiring people. Because of this experience I have realised that with confidence I can do most things thrown at me.” – Participant 2017
Our Spring 2019 Kick Arts programme at the Pitt Rivers kicks off on Tuesday 5th February.
We are also busy planning a programme focusing on mental health with primary schools in Bicester.