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Project information

Achieve Your Greatness (AYG)

Help 180 disadvantaged young people to become the greatest version of themselves through the arts and in particular the art of music through our flagship arts education programme, AYG!

Your donation will help us work with six schools based in deprived areas of London during 2019.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: Abram Wilson Foundation For Creative Arts

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  • Need


    AYG is our response to recent changes in the education system leading to the introduction of the EBaac (which contains no arts subjects) and an average 8% budget cut in schools across the UK. As more schools adopt the EBaac and respond to cuts, the arts will be squeezed out of the curriculum and extra-curricular activities risking a two-tier system where those from underprivileged backgrounds continue to be deprived access to a creative education and/or career.


    We want to address this inequality and help make arts education accessible for all.
 We will achieve this by working with each partnering school to improve their arts education provision and make the arts more accessible to their students, particularly those from diverse backgrounds, eligible for Pupil Premiums funding, or with Special Educational Needs.

    We will deliver a series of workshops combining music with acting, directing, writing and movement to develop essential transferable skills.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To equip disadvantaged young people with 21st century skills


    » We will deliver 20 hours of workshop intervention for 30 students per school who meet our participant criteria.
    » Participants will be identified by their teachers as at risk of exclusion, lacking in confidence and not engaging in class.
    » Participants will be a minimum of 60% from diverse backgrounds, 60% eligible for Pupil Premium funding, and 15% Special Educational Needs.
    » We will monitor skills development under our 5Cs: Creativity, Confidence, Collaboration, Communication and Critical Thinking.

    What success will look like

    A minimum of 65%+ will show improvement in transferable skills under our 5Cs: Confidence, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking.

    Aim 2

    To improve access to the arts for disadvantaged young people between 7 - 17 years.


    » We will deliver creative workshops in schools based in deprived areas combining music with acting, directing, writing and movement.
    » Participants will have access to 4 professional artists trained in jazz, acting, directing, creative writing and dance.
    » Participants will have the opportunity to increase their cultural capital by sharing their work at a local venue e.g. National Maritime Museum.
    » 5000 secondary school students based in deprived areas will have access to our artists through school performances during assemblies and lunch break.

    What success will look like

    A minimum 65%+ will show improvement in artistic skills and knowledge and 50%+ of participants will consider at least one arts subject for their GCSEs options.

  • Impact


    Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds due to socio-economic circumstances, race, and/or disability become the best version of themselves and are able to make a positive contribution to their local community and the wider economy.

    A minimum 50%+ will show improvement in attendance, behaviour and engagement in class.

    A minimum 20%+ join an after school or weekend arts programme led by school or an external organisation.

    1-2 students per school will join our Youth Advisory Panel


    - easily accessible space
    - sessions delivered when students aren't under pressure academically
    - sessions delivered during times of the day when attendance is more likely to be guaranteed
    - parents and carers are involved from early on to ensure their support

    Too challenging / not challenging enough
    - Early communication with school about the content of the sessions and the level of the students
    - Advance warning of special educational needs (SEN)
    - Internal training for SEN


    AWF is dedicated to strategic and transparent monitoring and evaluation, which allows us to demonstrate the success of our work and to learn from the challenges we encounter in delivering our aims. We collect qualitative and quantitative data to produce a final written report and video for donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £43,807

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      Amount Heading Description
      £11,808 AYG Programme Officer Oversees delivery, books schools and artists, leads on monitoring and evaluation for Year 1
      £21,000 Workshop delivery 20 hours of intervention / school led by 4 workshop leaders in 6 schools
      £1,457 Materials & Subsistence materials, healthy snacks and lunch to deliver sessions
      £600 Travel Travel to and from workshop sessions
      £2,571 Film and photography To capture sessions at each school and create a final project video for M&E
      £1,714 Monitoring and Evaluation Monitoring and Evaluation consultant
      £2,571 Training and planning Training and planning sessions with workshop leaders for 4 London based schools
      £2,086 Marketing, overheads, conting 5% of total budget towards marketing, overheads and contingency

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    BRIT Trust £5,000 Guaranteed
    John Thaw Foundation £1,500 Guaranteed
    Greenwich Community Arts Fund £5,000 Guaranteed
    Rowlands Trust £2,000 Guaranteed
    William Wates Memorial Trust £20,307 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our aim is to work in 6 schools in deprived areas of London. These include Greenwich, Hackney and Lewisham. The majority of students with whom we currently work are from the 10-20% most deprived areas in England, according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation. Local people in these areas continue to face persistent inequalities and are disproportionately affected by child poverty, unemployment and dependency on welfare.


    We will be working with schools with a high need to improve the personal development, behaviour, attendance, future education and career prospects of their most disadvantaged pupils. We will work with teachers to identify workshop participants who are not fitting in, lacking in confidence, at risk of bullying and/or exclusion and school refusers. Workshop participants will be a minimum of 60% Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, 60% Pupil Premium and 15% Special Educational Needs.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Between 2015 – 2018 we:
    • Reached 5,000+ individual secondary school students
    • Led 200+ hours of workshop delivery
    • Trained 13 professional artists to act as our workshop leaders specialising in jazz, acting, directing, creative writing and movement
    • Provided 9 Continuous Professional Development opportunities for teachers and youth leaders
    • Worked with workshop participants who have consistently been 60%+ from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, 60%+ Pupil Premium and 15%+ Special Ed Needs

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jennie Cashman Wilson

    CEO & Founder. Responsible for overall planning, delivery and final report of Achieve Your Greatness and managing Programme Officer.

    Sharan Jaswal

    Trustee. Outgoing Director of Education at MyBnk. Responsible for advising on planning, delivery and monitoring and evaluation.

    Jess Gallagher

    Administrative Assistant. Responsible for planning of workshop sessions including booking schools, workshop leaders and issuing contracts.

    Full-Time Student Intern Placed By The Intern Group

    Responsible for working with CEO on successful delivery of workshop programme and monitoring and evaluation.

AYG 2017/18


Cost per workshop participant for one AYG workshop programme of 20 hours and 4 workshop leaders.

“Whatever is going on in your life you can always leave it at the door and you can do fun stuff when you get inside.”

Achieve Your Greatness Participant