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The Articulate project is a response to the extension of the National Literacy Strategy to secondary schools. In consultation with Literacy Advisers from Brent School Improvement Service, Islington Council, Camden Council and Hackney Technology and Learning Centre, the Gallery has been working in partnership with schools to explore ways in which the collection can be used to support the English Framework.

Schools involved in the project are:
Hackney Free and Parochial School (E9)
Skinners' School for Girls (E5)
St. Aloysius R.C. School (N6)
Stoke Newington School (N16)
St. Gregory's High School (HA3)
Woodfield Special School (NW9)
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School (N1)
John Kelly Girls' Technology College (NW2)
Brentford School for Girls(Middlesex)
Hounslow Manor School (TW3)
Cumberland School (E13)
St. George's RC School(SE1)
Pimlico School (SW1)

St. Augustine's CE High School (NW6)
St. Marylebone CE School (W1U)

To encourage a sense of familiarity and ownership of the collection, and to enable each student to be given the same opportunity to work with a variety of writers, whole year groups from each school visit the Gallery three times over the course of their Key Stage 3 careers.

During the writers’ masterclasses, held at the Gallery, students learn about professional ways of working and how to communicate their ideas clearly. Back at school, with their English teachers, students use these techniques to develop finished pieces of work. This model has enabled the school students, teachers, Gallery staff and the writers involved to gain new perspectives on how the visual arts can be used to inspire creative thinking, learning and, of course, writing.

The National Gallery Education Department commissioned the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries to evaluate the Articulate project. Download the 2008/9 Articulate Evaluation document. (PDF 976k)