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Specialist Leaders in Cultural Education

The Specialist Leaders in Cultural Education (SLICE®) fellowship is a one-year fellowship programme for middle and senior leaders within Teaching School Alliances and Multi-Academy Trusts (with the possibility of extending into a second year).

It is authored and managed by Curious Minds and is focused on developing the fellow’s capacity to strategically support cultural education in their own school and across the alliance. When they have completed the programme, fellows can be deployed under a traded model.

We are passionate about reaching more schools with SLiCE®. For more information, take a look at some examples of recent reports from SLiCE® fellows (below). You can also read our annual programme reports for 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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A Selection of SLiCE Fellow® Reports

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2018-19: Wellbeing and Early Years

This report brings together the findings from the five SLiCE research projects that were run specifically in Early Years settings from 2018-2019, addressing an overall enquiry question:

“What role could cultural organisations have in supporting schools to think differently about arts, creativity, and cultural education underpinning the relationships between wellbeing and literacy in the early years?”

Manchester Metropolitan University was commissioned by Curious Minds to support the research aspect of the projects.

2017-18: Inclusion

Through the 2017-18 academic year, SLiCE® fellows' research looked at how cultural education can deliver the Inclusion Agenda. SLICE Fellow, Louise Aylward's report considers "How can we promote educational and cultural encounters that truly value diverse bodies and minds?"

2016-17: British Values

In this SLiCE® year the Fellows sought to find ways to animate the agenda and to dig down deeper in order to make meaning for colleagues and pupils. They researched areas from how cultural education can impact on the understanding of British Values in secondary academies to an investigation of how dance can deliver the British Values agenda in Key Stage 2.
British Values Publication Front Cover

SLiCE® Publication: British Values - Beyond Box Ticking

This document features 13 case studies adapted from the research of our SLiCE fellows in 2016-17, and offers the perspective of a cultural organisation who hosted three of these fellows. It focuses on how cultural education can deliver the British Values (BV) agenda, which schools are required to deliver under Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education.

These case studies - from SEN, primary and secondary schools - feature a range of art forms and look at different aspects of BV. They are presented in a concise and visually appealing format to give schools great ideas about how they could deliver this work.

Read the Report

Cultural Partner Case Studies

“How far and in what ways can you evidence the impact on your organisation of working with a SLiCE® fellow and their teaching school alliance?” At the end of each programme year, we ask Cultural Partners to reflect on their year with a SLiCE® fellow and submit a case study. Below are a selection of Cultural Partner case studies.

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