Kirsty Williams announces grants of up to £1,000 for school visits to First World War commemoration events

11 / 11 / 2017

Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams, has announced that schools will be able to apply for grants of up to £1,000 for visits to First World War themed performances and exhibitions and war sites.

The funding is part of the ‘Go and See’ grant scheme which is funded by the Welsh Government and Arts Council of Wales as part of the Creative Learning Through the Arts programme. The scheme aims to improve the way arts and education sectors work together in delivering important benefits for teachers and learners.

The scheme started in 2016 and means schools can apply for grants of up to £1,000 to fund visits to high-quality arts events in galleries, theatres, arts centres and other venues. To date over 200 schools have been awarded the grants, benefiting over 12,000 young people.

The criteria for the grant have now been widened to fund visits to First World War commemorative events. This complements the First World War secondary school grant, which remains open for applications until March 2018, and is focused on the development of creative and innovative projects to commemorate the war.

The Cabinet Secretary for Education said:

“As we commemorate Armistice Day, we remember the lives of all those who served in the First World War and pause to reflect on how this terrible conflict shaped the modern world.

“These grants will enable schools to take learners out of the classroom for visits to heritage sites or events, such as exhibitions or theatre productions. These are the kind of experiences that help bring the past to life.

“This is an immensely important part of the learning experience and supports the new curriculum, which places creativity at its core”.