Working with Hospital Schools: a practical toolkit

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The National Portrait Gallery received funding from the Lehman Brothers Foundation Europe and the Arts & Business Invest Programme to enable the Gallery to create a one-year programme, working in partnership with four hospitals in London.  This project highlighted the importance of arts education in hospital schools for children and young people, to ensure that all children have the opportunity to learn from and enjoy access to museum and gallery collections.

The two key objectives of the programme were to assess the effect that hospital schools outreach projects have on pupils and teachers; and to record how this type of programme might be implemented. The project  culminated in the development of a toolkit whose aim is to inform other arts practitioners and hospital school staff about the methods used and challenges faced, sharing the Gallery’s knowledge and expertise in this type of outreach provision. The toolkit was developed in collaboration with hospital school teachers and play workers from Evelina Hospital School at Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital School, St Mary’s Hospital School and University College London Hospital School (UCLH).


Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Hospital

Participant Group: Children (0-15)

Art Forms: Visual Arts

Access Type: Free Download

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National Portrait Gallery (2008). Working with Hospital Schools: a practical toolkit. UK: National Portrait Gallery.