An arts education project set up with some of the winnings of a $1 million global teacher prize is set to be rolled out nationwide.
In 2018, secondary-school teacher Andria Zafirakou, from north London, won the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, taking home $1 million (£761,000).
She used some of the money to found Artists in Residence, a cultural education programme for which leading figures from the performing arts, music, visual arts and design spend time in schools, particularly in deprived areas.
In its pilot year, Artists in Residence delivered 30 projects across London, providing more than 2,000 schoolchildren with 250 hours of creative teaching.
Artists involved have included theatre director Michael Attenborough, singer-songwriter Pallab Sarker, Turner prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger and author Andrew Hammond.
The scheme currently has more than 80 schools on its waiting list, and will now expand further across the country thanks to new funding from Arts Council England, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the London Borough of Culture fund.
It will work with schools in Newcastle, Manchester and Poole, and has plans to expand to Wales and Scotland.
Zafirakou said: “I cannot begin to explain the tremendous feeling of satisfaction that I have knowing we are helping support schools to be inspired and experience the power of creativity.
“Knowing that schools all over the country are directly reaching out to us suggests that they desperately need help and we are honoured to be able to support however we can.”