New set of resources for Cultural Education Partnerships

Date Created: 28th Apr 2021

Quote from Arts Council England's Cultural Education Challenge: 'We believe that all children and young people should be able to experience great and and culture. Cultural education fosters creativity and innovation, unlocking vital skills that drive the creative industries.'

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Have you ever wondered what your next step might be as a Cultural Education Partnership, or how to improve your engagement with schools? How to set up your governance and formalise agreements, identifying need , alignment and focus?

We’re pleased to announce the first of our new series of resources for Cultural Education Partnerships have just been published. These have been created by Artswork, in our role as the Arts Council England Bridge organisation for the South East, to support local partnerships in their evolution and strategic conversations.

The first three resources focus on the following topics:

Overview of South East Cultural Education Partnerships – This resource outlines what a CEP is, and how the different partnerships across the South East have developed and carried out their work since 2015. Download here

Evolution of a Cultural Education Partnership – This resource looks at a ‘model’ CEP development journey, providing information on the processes involved and questions to be asked at each stage, to aid with future CEP development. Download here

Identifying your Cultural Education Partnerships Aims and Vision – This resource has been developed to help Cultural Education Partnerships identify, articulate and communicate their aim and focus. Download here

Additional resources will be published over the next few months. Along with those outlined above, resources included in this series will look at CEP structure/s and governance, ways of mobilising and delivering projects, engaging with schools and many other aspects of CEP life. See all currently published resources here.

The content for these resources has been drawn from a 2019 developmental evaluation of 13 South East Cultural Education Partnerships, carried out for Artswork by Ben Sandbrook/World Pencil. Evaluation took place through analysis of data and written materials, and 26 structured interviews of CEP members and Artswork staff, as well as an online survey completed by 30 CEP members.

Cultural Education Partnerships (CEPs) were launched nationally in 2015 in response to Arts Council England’s Cultural Education Challenge, with a focus on supporting children and young people’s arts and cultural opportunities within their specific locality. Supported by Artswork in the South East, CEPs bring together a wide variety of educational, arts and cultural organisations, and wider organisations working with children and young people. Partnerships are complicated and each CEP is unique, with all including strategic co-working and a need to make the most of available resources. If your Cultural Education Partnership needs any support in their work, including help in sourcing partners, writing terms of reference and developing a forward plan, please contact your local Strategic Manager at Artswork.

A full list of current South East Cultural Education Partnerships can be found here.

For more information about our role as the South East Bridge organisation, visit our programme page.




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