There have been a range of factors stimulating the BASC initiative, primarily the commitment of teachers and officers working in Batley, the increase in awareness of the role of the arts and creative activities in schools and the additional sources of income and support from the local authority and national orginisations such as the Gulbenkian Foundation.
This complements a number of initiatives related to the arts and creativity - such as the Robinson Report 1999, 'All our Futures - Creative and Cultural Education', the Royal Society of the Arts research 'The Effects and Effectiveness of the Arts in Schools' and the Crafts Council research 'Learning through Making'.