Victoria Education Centre becomes an Arts Award Good Practice Centre

Victoria Education Centre (VEC) run by Livability for young people with special needs in Poole, Dorset has been designated as an Arts Award Good Practice Centre.

VEC students celebrate being an Arts Award Good Practice Centre

Each year, Trinity College London selects Good Practice Centres from a range of sectors, including schools, youth and community centres and the arts and cultural organisations. Over the course of the year, they work with them to share their practice and inspire others through a range of activities.

VEC applied in June 2015 and was awarded Good Practice Centre along with 17 other centres for the year 2015 – 16. As part of the process they were required to submit a case study about the work done in their centre and attend a training day in London.

What does the award mean for VEC?

Over the next year, the school will be involved in sharing what they do with other centres and organisations through blog posts, promotional events and case studies, using the Arts Award Voice Youth online magazine and through Arts Award’s forums for advisers and organisations connected with arts delivery.

On hearing the news that VEC had received the award, Belinda Ellicott Dance Teacher and Lead Arts Award Advisor at VEC said:

‘We are thrilled to have been recognised as one of 18 centres across the country for our commitment to the Arts Award. It is recognition of all the skills and talents of the students and what they can achieve through creativity.’

Headteacher Simon Brown said:

‘Creativity is at the heart of everything the school and its students achieve. The Arts Award enables the whole school community to take part in and experience a wide range of arts opportunities. The students build skills, interests and develop confidence through taking part, sharing their work and leading activities.

‘The fact that their achievements are nationally recognised and lead to a qualification is incredibly motivating and rewarding for them. The programme supports and drives the importance that creativity offers students at all levels.’

What does the award mean for VEC’s students?

Arts Award offers young people an inspiring arts journey. Each path can take a different direction – from fashion to film-making, from dance to design, from photography to poetry. Whichever route they choose to follow, young people are always in the driving seat.

In England, Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England working with 10 regional Bridge organisations.

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