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Curious Blog: CASE Residential
Laura Ferguson, Cultural Education Leadership Manager, blogs on our new Culture and Arts Schools Experts (CASE) and it's first cohort of cultural professionals, who came together for a residential training session last month.
The successful 7 CASE fellows are all early to mid-career arts and culture professionals from across the region who over the course of the fellowship will undertake two intensive residentials, a five day school placement, participate in action learning sets and become advocates for cultural education.
The residential kicked off with a session on interrogating the current cultural landscape which provided the fellows with an opportunity to engage with current policies and white papers which are impacting upon the sector. This session provided the time to discuss, debate and engage with the differing approaches, expectations and questions to be addressed such as how the cultural sector should be working with schools and “what should we be doing?” to support schools further.
In the evenings, we invited a range of dinner guests to join us including two Head teachers, a Chair of Governors and a year one CELP, now, CASE, Fellow to share her experiences of the programme. Over informal conversations, the relaxed dinners provided our fellows with access to the decision makers, influencers and budget holders in schools, providing a unique opportunity to ask those burning questions, develop a greater understanding and get under the skin of how a school really works from the top down.
Over the course of the three days, the group formed new relationships and connections were made both as a collective cohort and as a peer support group. Debates and discussions around a more holistic approach to creativity sparked many meaningful conversations around the power of knowledge sharing, strategic ways of working, breaking down barriers and opening doors. After an enjoyable and intensive few days, our newly bonded fellows are well on their way to becoming Culture and Arts Schools Experts and advocates for the wider sector.