Engaging with Schools

Date Created: 7th Sep 2021

You have to work with schools if you want to reach more than the children and young people whose parents will take them to arts and cultural activities.

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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.

Engaging with schools is a fundamental part of a Cultural Education Partnership’s purpose. This resource summarises different types of CEP and school engagement including the challenges and different approaches adopted. 

This resource is the one of a series of resources developed by Artswork to support Cultural Education Partnerships in their planning, evolution and strategic conversations. The full set of resources can be found here

The content for these resources has been drawn from a 2019 developmental evaluation, carried out for Artswork by Ben Sandbrook/World Pencil, of 13 Cultural Education Partnerships in the South East, including data analysis, structured interviews with CEP members and Artswork staff, and an online survey

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



CEP resources Cultural Education Partnership Cultural Education Partnerships South East Bridge

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