Hartismere School

An outstanding coeducational secondary school & sixth form college and England's first academy

Time to listen to young people and their teachers- Royal Shakespeare company

Help us spread the word about the importance of arts and cultural education

In the most comprehensive research study of its kind, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Tate and the University of Nottingham have joined together to examine the benefits of taking arts and cultural education seriously. 

We would like to ask for your help in sharing the findings, which analysed 6,000 responses from young people aged 14 - 18, tracking students and 63 teachers over three years. 


Funded by Arts Council England, and conducted in secondary and special schools in England, the TALE (Tracking Arts Learning and Engagement) study brings to light the voices and opinions of young people. The depth and breadth of the research gives significant new insights into the positive difference that sustained engagement with arts and cultural education has on the lives of young people. These are benefits that students in the independent sector enjoy every school day.

The research included:

340 focus groups with approximately 1,500 school students in 30 schools

4,477 student written responses to a bespoke survey

Over 200 in-depth interviews with teachers 

It is time to listen to what young people and teachers say about the power of arts and cultural education. 

It is time to understand the increasing difficulties state-funded schools face in giving access and priority to arts and cultural education. 

It is time to make real change by adopting our five key recommendations to ensure every young person can learn in an arts and culture rich school.

Please show your support by sharing the findings with your school networks, governing bodies and senior leaders, through parents evenings and via your websites. Let us know your experiences on social media using #Timetolisten or by emailing education@rsc.org.uk