Inspired by our successful 2017 Cultural Citizens pilot, Curious Citizens supports schools to create compelling cultural learning experiences for Key Stage 3 pupils who would not normally have access to them.
- Five days of specialist Club Leader training for 1 or 2 members of staff (would usually cost £1,500 to £3,000).
- £6,000 to support two groups of ten KS3 students to plan, budget for and take part in five cultural experiences across the spring and summer terms.
- £2,500 management fee to contribute to staff time to run two Curious Citizens Clubs, attend training and support cultural visits.
- Connections to local and regional arts organisations.
- OPTIONAL: A complimentary place on our Leading the Arts in Your School course worth £375.
- Ongoing support from Curious Minds.
How Curious Citizens works
Participating schools will identify:
- A senior leader to be the Strategic Lead for the programme. They will attend days 1 and 5 of the training programme at the beginning and end of the school year.
- One (or two) members of school staff (teaching and/or support staff) to co-ordinate the programme, deliver extra-curricular clubs in school and supervise 5 extra- curricular cultural trips. They will be expected to attend five days of training across the year, including a two-day residential in September 2022.
- Two groups of ten culturally disadvantaged pupils in Key Stage 3 to be part of the Curious Citizens Club. Support to identify these pupils will be given during the first two training days.
During the 2022-23 academic year, participating schools will:
- Run two cohorts of Curious Citizens Club sessions, with a minimum of ten sessions across two terms. During these sessions, pupils will be supported to research, select, plan and review five cultural experiences: anything from going to the theatre to inviting an artist to run an activity at their local library.
- Support two groups of ten pupils to go on the five cultural experiences they plan during the Cultural Citizens Club. These should take place outside of curriculum time and should be supported by the lead member of staff.
- Identify and incentivise additional staff or volunteers to help supervise trips.
- Release one or two members of staff to attend five days of specialist training throughout the year – equipping them to deliver the project and promote cultural education across the school. The first two days of training will be delivered consecutively in September 2022. Strategic leads will be expected to attend day 1 and 5 of the training.
6th July 4pmOnline briefing for West Cumbria Schools
7th July 4pmOnline briefing for Wigan Schools
31st JulyDeadline for registering interest for Curious CitizensThis may become a competitive process
13th OctoberDay 1 of Training
14th OctoberDay 2 of Training
Autumn Term 2022Recruitment2 cohorts of 10 pupils to be recruited to Curious Citizens Clubs
December 2022Day 3 of Training
January 2023Day 4 of Training
Spring term 2023Curious Citizens Clubs plan and begin to go on cultural experiences
June 2023Day 5 of Training
Summer Term 2023Final Curious Citizens Clubs cultural experiences and project evaluation
How to Sign Up
Schools will be notified of the outcome by 5th September 2022.