SLiCE | Curious Minds

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.

If you are interested in getting involved please email
British Values Publication Front Cover

New SLiCE Publication... and a special offer!

On the 25th April at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, we launched a new 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.

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We are delighted to be able to offer a subsidy to the first ten schools or cultural organisations who would like to deploy a SLiCE fellow, whose work is featured in this publication, to assist them in this area. The publication can be purchased by clicking on the Buy Now button above. If you would like to discuss engaging a SLiCE to work with your organisation, contact
Unicode Class Vernacular

A SLiCE® Project in Action

Unicode Class Venacular

As part of the SLiCE fellowship programme, between Liverpool Biennial and The Studio, Liverpool, a new co-commission was created by artist Nathan Jones with school pupils. Influenced by the conceptual frameworks of Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful world, where are you? the artwork is called Unicode Class Vernacular. Click here to find out more.

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 from 2015-16.

SLiCE® across our region...