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Our work with schools

We work with schools to increase arts and cultural education, in a curriculum frequently squeezed of its creativity.

Using valuable tools including Artsmark and Arts Award, we provide support to teachers working to champion the vital role of the arts in children and young people’s lives.

Connecting with Culture – the quick, easy way for schools to connect with arts and cultural organisations

We set up www.connectingwithculture.com to help schools make easier connections to the arts and culture in the South East.

After speaking to teachers across the region, we learned of the barriers faced when planning arts and cultural activities for pupils. Frequently mentioned was the lack of time to find new opportunities, awareness of what kinds of things were available in their area, and the confidence in the quality of the activities on offer.

Connectingwithculture.com firstly works as a search engine, allowing you to search and filter a large list of arts and cultural organisations to match what you’re looking for. Each organisation has their own profile page, which gives you information on their education offer, their location, and any information on age suitability and needs they cater for. Alongside this, there is a contact form so you can easily get in touch with them straight from the site.

As a teacher or professional working with children and young people, you also have the opportunity to leave reviews of specific cultural experiences, helping build our community of word-of-mouth recommendations – something teachers have told us they really value.

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Different ways we work with schools

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Artsmark

With a flexible application process, Artsmark is a practical and valuable tool for enriching your setting’s arts provision, regardless of your starting point.

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Arts Award

Supporting under-25s to develop as artists and arts leaders, Arts Award helps build confidence and prepares young people for further education or employment.

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Career days and post-school options for pupils

We give talks at career days at schools, showing school-leavers the options available to them in the creative and cultural sector, providing them with details on how to apply for work-based learning programmes, including Creative Apprenticeships.

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