The Cultural Education Challenge

Through the Cultural Education Challenge, we want to make sure that more children and young people can create, compose, and perform. We want every child to have the chance to visit, experience and participate in extraordinary work, and be able to know more, understand more, and review the experiences they’ve had.

The Cultural Education Challenge asks art and cultural organisations, educational institutions and local authorities to come together to drive a joined-up art and cultural offer locally, to share resources and bring about a more coherent and visible delivery of cultural education through Local Cultural Education Partnerships. As Arts Council England's Bridge Organisation for North West England, Curious Minds is leading the development of these partnerships in the region.

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Designed by schools for schools, the new Artsmark can help you deliver high quality arts and culture, no matter what your starting point.

Artsmark is tailored to align with School Improvement Plans and support core EBACC and STEM priorities, giving the curriculum breadth and balance.

As well as recognising schools that are making the arts come alive, the Artsmark award is a practical and valuable tool for enriching a school’s arts provision whatever the starting point.

Artsmark has a common sense application process that is light on paperwork and flexible to each school.

Learn more about Artsmark

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Arts Award
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Arts Award supports anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through participating in arts activities, experiencing arts events, being inspired by artists and their work, leading their own projects and researching career pathways.

The flexible framework can work with any arts, cultural or media activity. It embraces all interests and abilities and is a nationally recognised qualification.

The 5 different levels can help all young people progress, from those who are having their very first arts experiences, right up to those with advanced skills.

Learn more about Arts Award

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The Specialist Leaders in Cultural Education (SLiCE®) fellowship is a fellowship programme for middle and senior leaders within Teaching School Alliances and Multi-Academy Trusts.

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.

You can see our SLiCE®'s in action here

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Local Cultural Education Partnerships (LCEPs) are a key element in how we meet the Cultural Education Challenge.

An LCEP will be a multi-sector partnership group, including representatives from culture and education, who will work together to create a plan to join-up and improve cultural education with children and young people in their area.

Curious Minds is responsible for the initial brokering of these partnerships in the North West and is committed to supporting their development as they grow and continue to create vital opportunities for young people in the region.

Learn more about LCEPs

Culture Hubs
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Culture Hubs, the one stop shop for cultural education in North West of England.

It’s here to make it easier for staff in schools and youth settings to connect with arts, cultural and heritage organisations.

Culture Hubs’ members share a common goal: to ensure every child and young person in the North West has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts, culture and heritage.

Culture Hubs is the North West’s online Cultural Education Portal. If you deliver cultural activity for children and young people you can register as a member to connect with providers across the region.

Visit Culture Hubs

Schools can track their progress and mark their accomplishments with a Cultural Education Challenge plaque:
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To get a plaque for display in your school and start collecting stickers to represent your achievements, contact Hanna Lambert.

If your cultural venue or organisation would like to create a sticker to accredit schools and acknowledge your partnership, see our distribution criteria and production guidelines.
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Hanna Lambert - Programmes Administrator


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