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11 by 11 Islington Pledge

11 by 11 is a commitment to ensure all children and young people attending a school in Islington have 11 outstanding cultural experiences by Year 11

11 by 11 is a landmark initiative to make available free creative and cultural activities for local schools, from experiences like free concert tickets and backstage theatre tours to inspiring talks in school assemblies by creative professionals.

It is a borough-wide call to action for the council, schools and cultural organisations to work together to ensure equality of access to enrichment activities for children and young people, particularly targeting those who are most in need and most disadvantaged.

The borough of Islington has an outstanding cultural offer and is home to thriving cultural and creative industries. Despite the many advantages that Islington offers to young people, barriers including child poverty, overcrowding at home and unemployment prevent many of them from benefitting from these opportunities around them.

11 by 11 will enable all schools and pupils in Islington to have access to high-quality cultural learning experiences free of charge and aims to place culture at the heart of every child’s learning and development.

It stems from Islington’s Fair Futures Commission which called for more enrichment activity to support children and young people to develop skills for life. This is reflected in the council’s corporate priority to ensure that all of our children get the best start in life, and that our schools are places where all young people can learn and thrive.

We pledge that all children and young people in Islington schools will have the following cultural enrichment opportunities:

  • 11 outstanding cultural experiences by Year 11 (age 16)
  • inspirational talks delivered by creative organisations in school assemblies
  • access to a suite of learning resources a suite of teaching resources developed in partnership with local cultural organisations

11 by 11 is a policy commitment of Islington Council and is delivered in partnership with the Islington Community of Schools and cultural organisations in the borough.

All the free opportunities that organisations are offering through 11 by 11 are available to Islington Schools in the 11 by 11 Activity Menu.


For more information on 11 by 11 please email



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