CPD: Leading the Arts in Your School

CPD: Leading the Arts in Your School

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A modular arts leadership programme for teachers to develop their school's arts and cultural offer.

Over a series of three full-day sessions and two ‘on the job’ tasks you will focus on identifying and engaging with quality arts provision across the region. We will support you in finding out about the richness of the offer around your school and how to get the best value for all partners. You will look at the component parts of an Arts Leadership Programme, including: developing a working knowledge of project management, arts policy, ‘leader as facilitator’ and evaluation methods.

The skills and knowledge you will acquire through this programme will contribute to all aspects of the Artsmark Award and Arts Award, as well as potentially leading to the SLiCE® Fellowship.

This opportunity is designed for early to mid-career teaching staff who have some experience of leadership and have an interest in leading/developing arts and culture within their school.

The programme is open to teaching staff from any education setting.

Course dates:

Please note you must commit to attending all course dates to be eligible for a place.


18th October 2018. 4pm – 6pm. Curious Minds, Preston.
This session will give you an opportunity to meet the course team, learn more about the module’s aims and expectations and gain an understanding of the wider arts and cultural landscape across the North West.

Gap Task: Please bring along to Module 1 your school Action Plan for the Arts.
Optional Gap Reading: Outlined within the course folder.

Module 1

21st November 2018. 9:30am – 4:15pm. The Pyramid, Warrington.
Using Arts Council England’s Quality Principles as a starting point you will explore what a quality school’s arts action plan should include. You will have an opportunity to develop your plan within the session.

As a common thread across the programme, you will investigate and reflect on leadership and management styles and begin to interrogate the concept and benefits of partnership working.

Gap Task: Effective communication and leadership exercise.

Module 2

31st Januay 2019, 9:30am – 4:15pm. The Whitworth, Manchester.
Following on from the last module you will delve deeper into understanding effective arts leadership in its wider context. You will have the opportunity to examine cultural education and arts policy and the impact at local, national and international level. At this stage of the programme, you will have the opportunity to meet and work alongside local arts and cultural organisations. As a group, you will probe evaluation systems and research and see how they can contribute to effective advocacy for the arts in your school.

Gap Task: Work Shadowing. Please note this will involve visiting another school.

Module 3

19th March 2019. 9:30am – 4:15pm. Curious Minds, Preston.
For the final module, you will be presenting your learning from the final gap task. You will explore how to present evidence and how to report to a range of stakeholders. Alongside fellow delegates, you will have an opportunity to reflect on the course as a whole, what you have learnt and how you will embed this learning within your school improvement plans and provision.

Cost of the course

Curious Minds will be offering this course at a subsidised rate of £225 per person. All resources, refreshments and lunch will be provided.

How to apply for a place:

Places on this course are limited therefore we ask that you complete a short application form and submit to: Joseph Umpleby or by sending a signed copy to:
Curious Minds,
23-27 Guildhall Arcade,
PR1 1HR.

The deadline for applications is noon on Monday 8th October. Places will be confirmed by email by 10th October 2018.

Course Leaders

Jude Bird

Head of Education, Leadership & Research

Emma Bush

Senior Manager: Programmes

Teresa East

Arts Award Manager

Briony Thompson

Schools Advisory / Cultural Education Leadership Manager

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