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May 5, 2021

Craft Adventures

... with Balderstone St. Leonard's! Curious Minds is delighted to share an update from one of our Artsmark schools about how they've managed to stay creative and inspire each other through the arts during the pandemic.
April 27, 2021

Summer Schools: A blast from the past

Imagine if... we had the courage to look beyond ‘catch-up’ and saw the potential of summer learning to re-engage young people with learning, with each other, with their communities and with future careers.
March 10, 2021
Dancers from Formby High School

Surging Forward in Sefton

At a time of austerity and constriction, Sefton’s Local Cultural Education Partnership (LCEP) is determined to maintain a high profile for its provision for the arts and creativity across its educational and community providers. Despite the new and additional challenges created by the pandemic, lockdown and school closures, their plans remain hopeful, challenging and ambitious.
March 2, 2021
Young Bubble Up participants in Claremont make a camera obscura during summer 2020

Recovery Learning: Pass the Baton

An open letter to Gavin Williamson. This summer it’s time to pass the education recovery baton to the nation’s expert army of creative educators, to give our children a summer of creative fun, friendship and freedom wherever they live.
February 24, 2021

Nurturing Creative Partnerships in Lockdown

Every challenge offers opportunity to grow. Head of Drama at Stockport Grammar School, Matt King-Sayce, seized this at the start of Lockdown#1 and has been working hard to develop new and existing cultural partnerships for his school through the last few months. Here he reflects on the positives inherent in pursuing partnerships.
February 5, 2021

Creativity Exchange

This February, Arts Council England (ACE) has launched Creativity Exchange, a new online community to encourage teaching for creativity across the curriculum. Designed for school leaders, teachers and cultural organisations who work with schools, this platform will be a place for creative inspiration and to share innovative practice in education.
December 4, 2020

Ready, set, GO!

Anthony Briggs, Project Manager for Lancaster's cultural education partnership Culture Co-op, shares some reflections on his time developing the Co-op’s latest project - part of the Our Place in the World: Cultural & Creative Education Programme and Arts Council England’s Let’s Create Initiative.
December 4, 2020

Arts Award in Lockdown

Arts Award can be a highly adaptable way of enabling young people facing acute challenges to develop and achieve. But what happens when its your school's first year of delivery and unprecedented circumstances threaten to interrupt students' work at a critical stage of learning? Head of Music at the Wirral Hospitals' School, Sofie Steff, charts their Arts Award journey through lockdown.
November 30, 2020
Young person holding microphone enjoys performing with other choir members

Liverpool LCEP in Focus

What tangible difference are Local Cultural Education Partnership making for young people in North West England and how are they uniquely position to effect real change where its needed most? Curious Minds asked Sarah Bailey, cultural education consultant and facilitator, to take a look at how the Liverpool Partnership has been able to make connections that really count.
November 18, 2020
Two young adults plan a project together

Prepared for Change

Curious Minds' Head of Careers & Employability, Holly Ball, considers the vital skills cultural education offers young people, as they prepare for a rapidly changing and unpredictable employment landscape.
November 13, 2020

Hope and wellbeing in Lockdown

Emma Robertson of Ullswater Community College (UCC) shares their celebration of human rights and creativity; everything from climbing the highest heights to personal messages of hope.
November 10, 2020
Stockport Grammar School Drama Class

Lessons from Lockdown

Matt King-Sayce, Head of Drama at Stockport Grammar School, shares his retrospective on leading the Arts in lockdown
September 11, 2020

The CASE for Arts & Culture in Recovery

Louise Robson, Creative Director at Wigan STEAM, and Curious Minds CASE fellow, writes a provocation on the importance and necessity of including arts and culture as an integral part of the recovery curriculum.
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