How we work with teachers
Teachers and school leaders are amongst the people best placed to influence young people's experience of art and culture as part of their learning.
- Skills and career building - through the provision of cultural education focused training and development, such as SLiCE® and Leading the Arts in your School.
- Opportunity growth - by supporting teachers to find, access and maximise national or local creative learning programmes, such as Artsmark and Arts Award.
- Doorways to creative collaboration - through events, brokerage, advocacy and investment, Curious Minds creates the conditions in which teachers can connect, network and initiate partnerships with cultural sector counterparts and their peers. Activities such as our biennial North West Cultural Education Awards programme, work with Local Cultural Education Partnerships and development of open access resources for the sector, like The Culture Hub, exemplify this.
Short term outcomesIn the short term we seek to impact on knowledge, skills and understanding of how art and culture can be used in an educational setting. We build confidence, networks and advocacy skills.
Medium term outcomesIn the medium term our work gives teachers status and credibility at their school. Working with Curious Minds has improved teachers' career prospects and their capacity to deliver art and culture in their school. Our work also increases teacher’s ability to influence management.
Researching our impact on teachers
Grew their skills and knowledge
Were seen as experts on cultural education
Grew their networks and partnerships
Were better able to use culture in an educational setting
Were more effective at delivering cultural education
Were given more responsibility for cultural education
Were more confident and able to speak up about arts and culture
Were more able to influence others on cultural education
Had become advocates for art and culture within their school – and beyond