Leading the Arts in Your School 2023-24

Eleanor Chapman
Remembering Eleanor Chapman
August 25, 2023
The NW Cultural Education Summit
Become a Curious Minds Trustee
September 15, 2023
Eleanor Chapman
Remembering Eleanor Chapman
August 25, 2023
The NW Cultural Education Summit
Become a Curious Minds Trustee
September 15, 2023

It's time to take the lead...

And shape your school's journey in culture and the arts


Applications are now open for our highly popular arts leadership development programme Leading the Arts in Your School. 

This year, with the support of Arts Council England, we are delighted to be extending our offer to welcome delegates from across the North of England. The deadline for receipt of applications will be Sunday 22nd October 2023.

The content of this course is delivered through a blended model, which combines in-person and virtual seminars with our online learning platform, to offer flexibility for busy teachers.

Leading the Arts in Your School is a modular arts leadership programme for teachers who wish to develop their school’s arts and cultural offer. Our tried and tested programme is designed for early to mid-career teaching staff - in any education setting or phase - with ambition and drive to develop a whole school approach to arts and culture, and to make a real difference for the children they teach; contributing to personal growth and learning.

This course is a particularly useful development opportunity for schools that are considering or undertaking the Artsmark Award, or for those that are running or interested in offering Arts Award, as it supports and builds on the ethos and values of these programmes.

Through this course you will:

  • Explore what a quality arts action plan should include. You will have opportunity to develop your own plan during the course.
  • Investigate leadership and management styles and understand arts leadership in its wider context.
  • Interrogate the concept and benefits of partnership working and meet arts and cultural organisations.
  • Examine cultural education & arts policy - looking at its impact at local, national and international levels.
  • Explore approaches to measuring impact and see how they can contribute to effective advocacy for the arts across your school community.
  • Explore how to present evidence and how to report to a range of stakeholders.
  • Undertake work shadowing with another setting.
  • Explore effective communication and advocating as an arts leader.
  • Undertake facilitated sessions on equality & inclusion, children & young people’s voice, and careers, employability & skills.
  • Have opportunity to reflect on the course, what you have learnt, and how you will embed this learning within your school improvement plans and provision.
“It's allowed me to approach SLT with a completely different mindset, and ... the empowerment and knowledge to go and really focus on arts within our school.”

2022-23 Participant

“I know my role ... I am now confident to make an impact and a difference.”

2021-22 Participant

What's the committment?

This course is delivered through a combination of in-person and online learning – a blended model specifically designed to increase accessibility and offer flexibility for busy teachers.

Successful applicants will be inducted in January 2024 and will study through the rest of the academic year until July 2024. There will be three face-to-face workshops and four live Zoom sessions to attend, plus additional learning and tasks to be completed in your own time, using our online learning platform.
Key provisional dates for the 2024 course seminars are provided below. Please note that delegates will be required to attend all course sessions and permission should be obtained from your Headteacher before applying.

Provisional Key Dates for 2024

Wednesday 10th January (1:00pm to 3:00pm)
Via Zoom
2. TRAINING DAY - Action Planning & Leadership
Wednesday 17th January (09:15am to 4:15pm)
Venue: The Bluecoat, Liverpool
3. THEMED SEMINAR - Children & Young People's Voice
Wednesday 7th February (1:00pm to 3:00pm)
Via Zoom
4. THEMED SEMINAR - Diversity & Inclusion
Wednesday 28th February (1:00pm to 3:00pm)
Via Zoom
5. TRAINING DAY - Partnerships & Communication
Thursday 14th March (09:15am to 4:15pm)
Venue: Contact Theatre, Manchester
6. THEMED SEMINAR - Meet the Arts Organisations
Wednesday 24th April (1:00pm to 3:00pm)
Via Zoom
7. THEMED SEMINAR - Careers, Employability & Skills
Thursday 6th June (1:00pm to 3:00pm)
Via Zoom
8. TRAINING DAY - Sharing Work Shadowing & Evaluation
Wednesday 26th June (09:15am to 4:15pm)
Venue: The Storey, Lancaster
“I found the course really useful for building partnerships with other local schools. One in particular from the work shadowing: we've decided that we're going to continue to work together.”

2022-23 Participant

"[My] Confidence has grown – learning from others, finding out some of what we do is better than I thought."

2021-22 Participant

Naomi Lord

A Teacher's View

Naomi Lord is Director of Creative Learning and Partnerships at The Bolton School. Here she writes about her experiences on our Leading the Arts in Your School CPD, the impact it's had for her personally, as well as in the classroom and across her school.

What's the cost?

The cost of the programme is £425 per delegate. Payment details will be required before your place can be confirmed.

Comments are closed.