Curious Quality – Quality Hubs Announced

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Curious Minds is delighted to announce its new Quality Hub partnerships with five Arts Council England funded NPOs (National Portfolio Organisations), five schools who have achieved Artsmark and five schools starting on their journey to achieving Artsmark status.

During April we encouraged NPO’s and Artsmark schools to come together and submit a short proposal about who they would like to work in collaboration with and which of Arts Council England’s five quality principles they wanted to focus on during their collaboration within the hubs. We were inundated by submissions from across the North West and the successful lead partners include: Action Transport Theatre; Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy, Runcorn; and Park School, Blackpool.  Each will work in a ‘Quality Hub’ of three made up of an NPO cultural partner, an Artsmark school and a non-Artsmark school.

Curious Minds will work with the arts and cultural organisations to help them to get to know schools better and build high quality, sustainable arts and cultural learning opportunities that explore Arts Council England’s  quality principles – for example, ‘what really engages young people with art and gives them ownership?’

The five Artsmark schools will offer peer support to the non-Artsmark schools to help them achieve the prestigious award, recognising the quality and impact of art and cultural learning within schools and organisations.

Our role as Arts Council England’s Bridge organisation for the North West gives us the ideal opportunity to develop and nurture partnerships such as Quality Hubs. Enabling creative collaboration by connecting great arts organisations to schools and ensuring that young people experience exciting, challenging art and cultural learning.

Results from the Quality Hubs programme will be shared at the start of 2015 and we hope we can build on findings and develop more Quality Hubs across the North West from 2015 onwards.

For more information about Quality Hubs, the quality debate and Artsmark please contact Alice Demba: / 01282 435835

Arts Council England’s Seven Quality Principles

  • striving for excellence
  • emphasising authenticity
  • being inspiring, and engaging
  • ensuring a positive child-centred experience
  • actively involving children and young people
  • providing a sense of personal progression
  • developing a sense of ownership and belonging

More information on Arts Council England’s work on Quality can be found here:

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