A range of  progression – widening participation activities with Looked After Young People (LAYP)

At Leeds Arts University and as part of our commitment to our Access and Participation Plan we seek ways of supporting young people who are in care. If you are a Designated Teacher, Virtual School staff, Social worker or a Foster Carer please contact us about ways we can support your look after young person into higher education.

Below we list a few ways we can offer support. Do contact us to discuss what is possible.

Contact Details

Please contact the Progression team at Leeds Arts University;

Martell Baines, Diane Edwards, Gareth Wadkin.

T: 0113 202 8262

E: Progression@leeds-art.ac.uk

A personal tour of Leeds Arts University

This is an opportunity for a looked-after young person who is considering the possibility of proceeding into studying art and design, accompanied by either a Foster Carer, Designated Teacher or Social Worker.

Come and have a bespoke tour (around 30 minutes) around the Leeds Arts University campus with a member of the Progression Team staff and have an informal opportunity to talk about their interests, plans and have any questions answered.

Please contact us at Progression to book a time and date. 

Foster Family Creative Workshops

Each Easter and Summer holiday we host a Creative Coffee Morning for Foster Carer families and their young people. 

We meet and greet in the canteen, provide refreshments, offer a campus tour, short presentation and a creative activity for all to join in.

Meetings with Foster Carer and LAYP Support  Groups 

We will be happy to host a Foster Carers or Support  Group meeting on campus and to offer a short presentation on progression activities on offer to raise aspiration of progression into higher education and into the creative arts. 

A Grand day out 

Suitable for a holiday time activity for a group of looked after young people and their carers/ Youth mentors. 

 We will take a visit to a venue or collection; such as the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Leeds Museum, Leeds Art Gallery supported by staff and student ambassadors and weave creative practice into the day.

Progression Advice and Guidance 

The Progression team will meet with Care Leavers and LAYP Support teams to raise their knowledge of progression routes and opportunities in further and higher education particularly in Art and Design and progression towards the creative industries.

The Progression After School Art Club 

Looked-after young people and Care Leavers in Year 10/13 can apply to join the free after school club so that they gain additional opportunity to experience some of the specialist processes and facilities at the University.

This opportunity builds up their creative skills, confidence and portfolio. It is provides good preparation towards studying art and design beyond GCSE.

These are Twilight sessions from 5pm to 7pm, 6 – 8 sessions per term on Thursday evenings. These are free to looked after young person.

Fee Waivers for the Young Creatives and Saturday Art School 

Looked After Young people from 7 years to 18 can also attend the Saturday Art School with a full course fee waiver. Please click here for more information and to download an application form.

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