About the programme

Improve outcomes in literacy and numeracy

Over seven years, Unitas has run Summer Arts Colleges with over a third of all Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) in England and Wales. SACs work to a standard model, delivering high quality arts provision to some of the most challenged and challenging young people.

The young people who take part in a Summer Arts College are aged 14-19 and are at high risk of reoffending. They may have difficulties with literacy and numeracy, and have experienced detachment from education, training and employment.

Five years of research and evaluation

Evaluations of the Summer Arts Colleges reveal that:

  • A statistically significant number of young people move back into mainstream education, training or employment
  • More than 90% of young people who complete the programme achieve the Arts Award, a nationally recognised accreditation.
  • Over two thirds of young people increase their literacy and numeracy levels
  • Offending rates reduce significantly


How it works

A Summer Arts College provides a three week course for 10 young people, held over the summer holidays for five hours a day. The YOT commissions specially trained arts practitioners to deliver a structured programme of vibrant arts education.

Unitas will provide you with:

  • Substantial grants towards funding your programme
  • Interactive and downloadable arts resources
  • Help selecting artists and practitioners
  • Accredited training
  • Programme management support

To run a Summer Arts College you will need to:

  • Appoint a dedicated project manager to be responsible for planning, implementing and running the college
  • Secure a suitable venue
  • Identify a group of 10 suitable young people
  • Ensure the young people attend the programme
  • Record and supply data to support Unitas’ programme evaluations
Run a Summer Arts College

If you're ready to run a Summer Arts College or if you'd like to find out more, get in touch with our team and make a start.