Who We Are
- Staff Meet the team who work for Curious Minds.
- Blog Read the blog from the staff and colleagues of Curious Minds
- Contact Contact us at our offices in Burnley
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- Board of Trustees Find out who’s who on our Board of Trustees
- History The establishment of Curious Minds as an independent Company Limited by Guarantee and Registered Charity.
What We Do
- Bridge Organisation Connecting young people with great arts and culture
- Information, communication and advocacy a more joined up approach, streamlining information and championing innovative methods of communicating information.
- Engagement looking at issues around access and inclusion and sharing great models already working on the ground.
- Bridge Development Groups Bridge Development Groups
- Achievement & Arts Award all young people do have genuine access to progression and talent development opportunities
- Quality and Artsmark providing quality experiences for children and young people and encouraging schools and other education settings to work in partnership with quality arts organisations and practitioners.
- Arts Award A national qualification that supports young people to develop as artists and arts leaders.
- Artsmark The national programme that enables schools, further education colleges and youth justice settings to evaluate, celebrate and strengthen a quality arts offer.
- Funding Advice support for grassroots organisations who use the arts to work with children and young people
- Action Learning Curious Minds are hosting Action Learning sets delivered by experienced facilitators in each of the North West sub-regions
- Services for Schools Curious Minds offer for schools for the 2011-12 academic year and more
- Membership Network Curious Minds Schools Membership Network
- Previous Projects and Programmes An overview of the programmes, projects and activities delivered by Curious Minds in the past.
- The highlights of fantastic work carried out for, by and with children and young people during 2012 in the North West The highlights of fantastic work carried out for, by and with children and young people during 2012 in the North West
- State of the Region - North West exploring the needs, barriers and potential in connecting children and young people, schools and communities with arts and culture
- Sources of Funding This resource lists some of the main sources of funding for work with children and young people in the UK.
- Creative Learning and the New OFSTED Framework how and why creativity is still very much at the heart of the new OFSTED framework
- Developing Different Voices - Publication celebrate the range and diversity of Creative Partnerships work that took place in schools with a special educational needs focus.
- Our Impact Curious Minds' impact in schools
- Case Studies An online database of case studies from the Curious Minds’ programmes.
- Safeguarding Policy Download Curious Minds Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct
- Videos and Films
- E-bulletin Archive Here we list the e-bulletins we have sent out to our stakeholders in the past.
- Logo downloads Download funding logos related to Curious Minds and the programmes that are delivered.
- Fishing for the Future - Publication ‘How do we maximise and sustain future leadership capacity in our schools?’
- Curious Stories Curious Stories from Curious Minds on sale now
Curious Minds and Sector News
- News from the arts and culture sector 2013
- News from Curious Minds 2013
- Jobs And Opportunities
- New Funding Resource For Grassroots Organisations New Funding Resource For Grassroots Organisations
- Creative Schools North West – Thrive in cost cutting times
- Leading the Leaders Seminars
- Curious Debates - Progression
- Creative Schools North West – Journeys Through Journals
- Arts and Culture Advocacy: Mission Possible
- Smooth Transitions - Cheshire East Schools Event
- Curious Agents Discuss Their Work
- The Curious World of an Arts and Culture Advocate
- Dey Do DaDa Don’t Dey?
- “Making Space for Learning” - Case Study
- A Regional Access Fund for Young People’s Participatory Arts
- Interchange Event Review
- Techno-ABLE Project
- Pompeii LIVE from the British Museum
- Help Drake Music Shine a Spotlight on SEND Music Education
- The Family Arts Campaign
- Events for Schools: Manchester School of Art
- O2 Think Big Funding and Support
- Global Arts Projects from Creative Hands Foundation
- Political comedian Mark Thomas opens 'Art Of Protest' National Exhibition
- Drama Approaches To Improving Children’s Wellbeing
- Peshkar Rich With Silver and Gold
- Blackpool Grand Theatre - A Case Study
- Cultural Education Partners - Knowsley
- School Case Study - Artsmark and Arts Award
- Cultural Education Partners - Rochdale
- Hannah Whitlow Gold Arts Award
- Curious Agent - Emma Bush
- Introducing the new Digital Theatre Plus
- Pennine Lancashire Museums & Schools Programme - Update
- Big Ideas Start Here - I am Creative
- Curious Agent - Sue Reddish
- Blaze Learning Summit
- Schools Offer - Membership To The Artsmark Network!
- Arts Learning Consortium - Shaping Learning
- Young Lancashire Training Events
- Writing Squad Application Open
- Preparing for Freelance Work with Young People in the Arts
- £7 million awarded to successful applicants to Catalyst Arts
- Wild Rumpus Commission
- Techno-able Project: The Learning So Far
- Funding Opportunity: Wolfson Foundation Schools Programme
- Creative Schools NW Event Review
- SEN Schools Funding: Tesco Charity Community Awards
- Manchester International Festival invites you to LONG GRASS
- Artist Training With Global Link And More Music
- Ludus Dance Seeking Artistic Producer
- Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Key Stage 1 Schools' Concerts
- Bridge Development Group Progression Event Overview
- Sad Farewell To Tina
- Arts Award Case Study: Tameside Council Arts and Events Team
- Act Now! Artists of today, leaders of tomorrow.
- Storytelling and imaginative learning for children qualification
- Photography Competition – Hide and Seek Rivers
- Fylde Coast Youth Dance Company Auditions
- Free Workshops at the Whitworth Art Gallery
- Theatre Club at The Edge
- Earlyarts Shared Practice Networks
- Summer Dance Development Workshop for ‘Future Professionals’
- Performances for the very young at The Edge
- Preparing for Freelance Work with Young People in the Arts
- Unique Opportunity With Walk the Plank
- Accrington Academy's Access All Areas Festival
- Stone Soup Review of Bolton Arts Award Network
- Preston Youth Dance Company Auditions
- New Folk Heritage Project At The Met
- Exciting new project from PLACED
- Manchester Refugee Celebration
- Gold Arts Award Opportunity For Burnley Young People
- The Lowry Learning Blog
- Free creative careers events
- MyPlace centres Arts and Culture Offer
Curious Minds: the perfect partner for your Summer School programme
So you’ve decided to stage a Summer School... what next?
You’ve read all about the Department of Education’s Summer Schools programme and you’ve applied. However, simply meeting the basic ‘spec’ isn’t enough for you – you’re determined to do something distinctive, adventurous and rich in impact. For example:
- across a fortnight, young people create and perform their own play, capturing the history and daily life of the community around their new school
- young people write their own match commentaries, poems and terrace chants as part of a creative literacy and numeracy project inspired by football
- young people take on the role of investigators, exploring what sort of teachers and pupils inhabit their new school building... before creating art works and installations that will surprise and intrigue the rest of the school community when the new term starts
If this sounds like you and you would value the support of an experienced funded partner working alongside you, Curious Minds is available. Our track record in:
- transition-focused projects
- projects that explore how the learning potential in built and outdoor environments can be realised
- innovative and effective approaches that re-engage young people in their learning, boost attainment and grow capability
- creative documentation and evaluation
...make us a perfect partner.
More about us
Curious Minds is a charity and not-for-profit social enterprise that delivers high quality arts, cultural and creative learning programmes and services to schools and other partners concerned with transformative education, regeneration, community cohesion and the development of children and young people’s social and emotional well-being. We have established a strong reputation for the effective and efficient delivery of our bespoke programmes, placing the specific concerns and needs of children, young people and their school communities at the heart of everything we do. We work widely with others to ensure all children and young people have plentiful opportunities to participate actively in arts, cultural and creative learning experiences that lead to the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to contribute fully to society and lead positive and productive lives.
What value can we add to your Summer School?
Curious Minds offers a specialist service devoted to supporting pupils to make the transition to the next stage of their education with confidence. Our creative projects bring pupils from different backgrounds together to achieve a common goal, helping them deal with change, take ownership of their new environment and establish a shared identity and new friendships with peers. For more, visit: www.curiousminds.org.uk/transition
We have years of experience in designing bespoke creative projects that refresh young people’s enthusiasm for the curriculum and which have been independently proven to boost attainment. These have included projects around literacy, English and Maths. For more, visit: www.curiousminds.org.uk/curriculum-design
We have a significant track record in supporting pupils and schools to maximize the learning potential of school buildings and grounds. Our expertise extends to using dynamic spaces and environments beyond the school as a stimulus for learning - useful if the idea of including trips out into your local community as part of your Summer School inspires you. In Merseyside, we have a longstanding partnership with National Museums Liverpool and can integrate a day visit to one of their outstanding venues. National Museums Liverpool deliver high quality, positive and rewarding museum experiences that encourage young people to gain the knowledge and skills they need to develop their educational attainment, cultural awareness and life chances. Their objects and exhibitions are among the most important and varied in Europe, from Impressionist paintings and rare beetles to items from the Titanic. For more on the adventurous use of learning spaces: www.curiousminds.org.uk/outdoor-learning
As Arts Council England's Bridge Organisation for the North West we offer a range of support to organisations and individuals delivering Arts Award - the acclaimed national qualification that celebrates young people’s enthusiasm and engagement in arts and culture and recognises their research, communication and leadership skills. Arts Award has five levels, four of which (Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold) are accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). With advance planning, the Bronze award (Level 1 on the QCF) is achievable within a fortnight and for an additional charge we can build this accreditation in. For more information, please see: www.artsaward.org.uk/schools
Our projects are built in response to your specific needs and budget. As an illustration, however, we can design a bespoke Summer School for you; provide two quality assured and CRB-checked arts practitioners to work with up to 30 young people; and structure in Bronze Arts Award for as little as £7,500.
To discuss your ideas and aspirations further, please contact:
Chris Finn, Services for Schools Manager
Burnley, BB11 1NN
T: 07766 801041