In 2016, John Lyon’s Charity embarked on a change of perspectives journey after acknowledging its many years of consistent, place-based funding of Arts provision in its Beneficial Area.
After multiple conversation with Arts organisations, it became apparent that they had a huge willingness to work within special schools but often lacked the confidence, resources and know-how. Conversely, special schools expressed the desire to supplement their Arts offer by engaging their children in imaginative and wide-ranging Arts projects but were uncertain how to make this happen.
Against a backdrop of rising costs in London and often changing practitioners, lack of investment for both staff and practitioners, pressures on schools to solve the problem of disability-friendly Arts provision-with ever decreasing resource-and the difficulties for Arts institutions in identifying those with an appetite for embarking on this work – Change of Perspectives was launched.
Perspectives aimed to provide guidance to support the sector to be brave, ambitious and help them share expertise to create new and stronger Arts partnerships for the children and young people of North and West London with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).
John Lyon’s Charity aims to support partnership projects with special schools and Arts organisations in order to maximise the opportunities available for young people with special needs and disabilities from the Charity’s Beneficial Area.
To find out more about Changing Perspectives, please find our report here.