Building a Citywide Arts Curriculum to Raise Attainment

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Abstract

Leeds Museums and Galleries led a citywide consortium of over fifty arts, cultural, and community organizations and over thirty primary schools to co-create the Leeds Curriculum. The Curriculum provides primary teachers with the resources they need to teach using a place-based, local approach to teach any subject and any age group. It took two years to develop, launched in June 2018, and is reaching around 10,000 schoolchildren. The Curriculum is openly accessible on MyLearning.org, a website hosting free to access national teaching resources. Leeds Museums and Galleries evaluated the impact of the place-based approach through a small-scale study in the summer 2021. The research focused on pupils aged 8 to 9 in one school in the suburbs of Leeds and used a range of approaches to gather evidence to answer a key research question and sub-questions relating to historical attainment.