Evolution of a Cultural Education Partnership

Date Created: 28th Apr 2021

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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.

The average time taken for a Cultural Education Partnership to go from first meetings to project delivery is just short of three years. Although there may be ways to speed up this process, fundamentally CEPs are about change, and change takes time, sustained effort, work and resource from all involved. 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.

This resource is the second of a series of resources developed by Artswork to support Cultural Education Partnerships in their planning, evolution and strategic conversations. Resources will be published throughout spring 2021, to see all currently published resources click 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



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