The way a school presents itself carries messages on the general school ethos, as well as communicating aspects of learning and the process of art-making. OFSTED (1993) makes specific reference to the 'whole school issue' of pupils' spiritual, moral, cultural and social development. A co-ordinated approach to display will reinforce a sense of community and actively promote opportunities for pupils to extend their experience:

Pupils should be provided with a learning environment which stimulates and supports visual investigation and provides for the safe development of practical skills. (OFSTED, 1993, p 40)