Recognition awarded to arts project

A service helping young people in Northumberland engage with the arts has achieved national recognition.

The Education Other Than At School Service (EOTAS) Arts Award Centre has been named a Good Practice Centre by Trinity College – a national body which runs the Arts Award and supports young people who want to deepen their engagement with the arts, build creative and leadership skills and achieve a national qualification.

The award recognises the work EOTAS does supporting young people who cannot access school for a range of reasons, such as long-term health issues or exclusion.

The Arts Award gives pupils the opportunity to try out a range of arts activities and gain experience, as well as a worthwhile qualification.

Hazel Stewart, EOTAS learning manager with Northumberland County Council, said: “This is a huge accolade for us, we are a small centre in terms of our facilities, but due to the commitment of our team of dedicated and talented staff we have achieved ‘Good Practice’ status.

“We are the only centre in the north east this year to have achieved this.

“We are rightly proud of our young people and their creative endeavours and this supports and endorses the value of the work that they do.”

Visit www.artsaward.org.uk/goodpractice for more details.