Culture & Arts Schools Experts

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.
Culture and Arts Schools Experts (CASE) Programme Fellowship is an annual, year-long development opportunity that will create a talent pool of credible schools specialists working in the North West’s National Portfolio Organisations, in arts organisations, museums/heritage settings and libraries.
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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 third year, the impact of the programme is being felt across the region.

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.
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CASE Fellows access 15 days of inspirational learning and self-study 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 also have the opportunity to network with SLiCE® fellows and alumni, practice their advocacy skills and explore governance. In addition, fellows are 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.

Participants will be given a number of opportunities to practice their advocacy skills throughout the CASE fellowship. Following the programme, there will be further opportunities for alumni professional development and involvement in a peer-led CASE sharing network. Where appropriate, alumni may also undertake deployment by Curious Minds as cultural education advocates and schools specialists. This may include speaking at events, offering advice or support to other organisations, supporting schools with Artsmark or their peers with Arts Award.
Take a look at the videos below to learn more about the impact the programme has had on previous fellows: