CPD Course: Leading the Arts in Your School – Curious Minds

CPD Course: Leading the Arts in Your School

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Leading the Arts in Your School is a new 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, finding out about the richness of the offer around your school and how to get the best value out of an arts programme for all participants. 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 on 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.


Wednesday 18th October 2017. 4pm – 6pm. The Pyramid, Warrington
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 Visual Arts and/or Music, Drama, (may be within English) Dance (may be within PE) Curriculum Action Plan e
  • Optional Gap Reading: Outlined within the course folder

Module 1

Thursday 16th November 2017. 9:15am – 4:15pm. Curious Minds, Preston
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 and as such we ask that you bring with you your most up to date arts curriculum action plan.
You will start to interrogate the concept and benefit of partnership working and have the opportunity to meet local arts and cultural organisations. You will end the session starting to explore leadership and management styles.
Gap Task: Leadership styles and team characteristics exercise

Module 2

Thursday 1st March 2018. 9:15 – 4:15pm. Lion Salt Works, Northwich
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 how robust evaluation systems and reports 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

Wednesday 13th June 2018. 9:15 – 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. 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.

Cost of the course

Curious Minds will be offering this course at a subsidised rate of £150 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: Hanna Lambert or by sending a signed copy to:
Curious Minds,
23-27 Guildhall Arcade,

The deadline for applications is Monday 9th October.

Course Leaders

Jude Bird

Head of Education, Leadership & Research

Emma Bush

Senior Manager: Programmes

Teresa East

Arts Award Manager

Laura Ferguson

Cultural Education Leadership Manager

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