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Making the CASE for Culture and Arts Schools Experts

The Culture and Arts Schools Experts (CASE) Programme Fellowship – applications now open.

Many cultural organisations are experiencing a high degree of challenge in maintaining or developing their members of staff who can dedicate themselves to schools work. Similarly, schools are also experiencing huge challenges to their ability to protect their arts and cultural provision and are in need of strong ambassadors for cultural education more than ever.

Formerly known as the CELP Programme, the newly re-named Culture and Arts Schools Experts (CASE) Programme Fellowship is an annual, year-long development opportunity that, over 3 years, will create a talent pool of around 20 credible schools specialists working in the North West’s National Portfolio Organisations, in arts organisations, Museums/Heritage settings and Libraries. The CASE Programme Fellowship is an investment from Curious Minds designed to protect, nurture and develop a team of credible schools experts from within the North West’s cultural sector who can strengthen the ability of cultural organisations to work in partnership with schools. The CASE Fellows will take that passion and expertise with them as they develop as future leaders of learning departments, artistic director or managers of venues. Now in its second year, the impact of the programme is being felt across the region -“We have all been through an experience – which I really believe - could be a career changing one”- Year one CASE fellow.

The fellowship is designed for early to mid-career professional who may be working with schools but are eager to go deeper and to hone their knowledge and experience in such a way that they become known and credible schools specialists, able to influence and advise their own organisations and the wider cultural sector. Applicants will be identified as ‘emerging leaders’ and have the potential and ambition to be future senior leaders within the cultural sector.

This fully funded opportunity will award Fellowships to around 7 carefully selected organisations drawn from existing education or learning roles across the North West's cultural sector. The cost of each fellowship is in the region of £8000 in tuition, accommodation and resources and this cost will be covered in full by Curious Minds for the successful applicants. Curious Minds will also make up to £3000 available to your current employer to backfill your posts during your time on placement.

Fellows will access between 15-20 days of inspirational learning across the year, including two residentials, curated and delivered by Curious Minds with contributions from regional and national experts. Through undertaking a 4-5 day school placement, Fellows will have the opportunity to network with SLiCE® fellows and alumni, practice their advocacy skills and explore governance. In addition, fellows will be offered time with a coach or mentor to support their own personal reflection and learning, develop a sound understanding of key cultural and education polices and research and create a personal development plan. The programmer will focus on developing advocating and influencing skills such as public speaking, measuring impact, understanding how schools are funded and curriculum requirements.

Learn more about the impact the programme has had on year one fellows here. It is a requirement that both the fellows and their employers make it possible for the Fellows to be deployed by Curious Minds as cultural education advocates and schools specialists for a minimum of 5 days in year 2. This may include speaking at events, offering advice or support to other organisations, supporting schools with Artsmark or their peers with Arts Award.

To apply for the CASE Fellowship programme, please download the application form and CASE overview and send to Laura Ferguson, Cultural Education Leadership Manager, via email or to:
Laura Ferguson
Curious Minds,
23-27 Guild Hall,

Deadline Tuesday 3rd October.

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