Impact

Our programme has been designed with both young people and schools in mind. We help young people build important social, emotional and academic skills. We also save schools time and resources due to high quality and efficient planning, communication and delivery at every stage.

Read about our impact for young people and for schools
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“I felt more confident being able to go to the theatre with family and friends.”

David, 16

“I enjoyed having the ability to view society from someone else’s perspective.”

Mohamed, 18

“Critics’ Club definitely helped me feel comfortable going to galleries, and be more creative in my writing.”

Hafsah, 16

“It was a way in which I was able to be pushed outside of my comfort zone in the way I was thinking.”

Monel, 17

“It helped me with my writing and to see where all these different opportunities are around London.”

Philip, 16

“The play was completely different to anything else that I had seen in the theatre before.”

Cameron, 18

“You get to see something new and discuss it. I don't normally go to the theatre, so it was good”

Daniel, 14

“I never really considered myself an ‘art person’ before, but since going there, I have realised how art is not just a certain type of style but can include pretty much everything.”

Answer, 16

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Our programme focuses on developing 6 areas

Critical thinking

Thinking critically takes practice. Our tools and workshops help young people to go beyond the surface to engage critically with both the cultural spaces and the works within them. We encourage them to explore their thoughts, feelings and reactions to what they experience and how these relate to wider social and political issues.

Critical thinking

Thinking critically takes practice. Our tools and workshops help young people to go beyond the surface to engage critically with both the cultural spaces and the works within them. We encourage them to explore their thoughts, feelings and reactions to what they experience and how these relate to wider social and political issues.

Creativity

Arts and culture stimulate our imagination. We expose young people to a range of creative works, broadening their horizons and helping them view the world from diverse, new perspectives.

Confidence

Navigating a new space can sometimes feel daunting and intimidating. We support young people as they are positively challenged and pushed outside of their comfort zones in order to develop the confidence to engage with new spaces and ideas.

Curiosity

We want our young critics to always be questioning. What is art and culture? Who is it for? Whose voices do we value and why? The programme champions curiosity as a tool to better understand society and ourselves. 

Communication

We help young people find their voice. Our workshops focus on developing young people’s ability to communicate their ideas and opinions. We then ask them to write reviews that someone like them would want to read. They can practice their writing skills, whilst having the freedom to express themselves freely and authentically. 

Connections

Building connections can help you get further in life. Young people visit new places and meet new people on the programme. They also hear about ways they can get involved in future arts opportunities.

Creativity

Arts and culture stimulate our imagination. We expose young people to a range of creative works, broadening their horizons and helping them view the world from diverse, new perspectives.

Confidence

Navigating a new space can sometimes feel daunting and intimidating. We support young people as they are positively challenged and pushed outside of their comfort zones in order to develop the confidence to engage with new spaces and ideas.

Curiosity

We want our young critics to always be questioning. What is art and culture? Who is it for? Whose voices do we value and why? The programme champions curiosity as a tool to better understand society and ourselves. 

Communication

We help young people find their voice. Our workshops focus on developing young people’s ability to communicate their ideas and opinions. We then ask them to write reviews that someone like them would want to read. They can practice their writing skills, whilst having the freedom to express themselves freely and authentically. 

Connections

Building connections can help you get further in life. Young people visit new places and meet new people on the programme. They also hear about ways they can get involved in future arts opportunities.

Schools

“It was really pleasing to see students sharing and expressing their ideas and emotions. Amazing conversation with a Year 10 who said ‘Ms, I think I love the theatre!”

Head of Careers, Deptford Green School

“I really enjoyed the programme. It has also encouraged me to think differently as a teacher. Seeing how confident some of them have been in articulating their ideas has been lovely”

Head of Drama, Hammersmith Academy School

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The Critics’ Club programme:

Can improve academic outcomes

Studies often cite the link between academic attainment and enrichment activities. Critics’ Club broadens young peoples’ cultural knowledge, whilst also equipping them with the skills to succeed both in and outside of the classroom.

Compliments the curriculum

Students develop their self-expression, writing skills and ability to think critically through our programme. They finish the programme with a portfolio of published reviews, enriching their personal statements and CVs.

Satisfies Ofsted requirements

Our programme enables schools to satisfy Ofsted’s stipulation to equip students with cultural capital and promote their social moral spiritual and cultural (SMSC) development. 

Enhances enrichment provision

Critics’ Club promotes and enhances a school’s extracurricular enrichment opportunities and can be adapted to suit students across year groups.

Elevates careers provision

Our programme helps schools to satisfy Gatsby Benchmarks 5 and 6, exposing students to a range of workplaces, employers and employees in the cultural sector. They can learn about their work and the skills that are valued in their workplace. 

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