At the heart of all our work is the commitment to connect with partners in both the education and arts & culture sectors to ensure that all children and young people, aged 0-19-years, have access to quality arts and cultural opportunities in and out of school.

The education landscape across the West Midlands is fast changing and varied, from Early Years to Further Education, and covers different school structures including maintained, voluntary aided and independent schools; Academies, Multiple Academy Trusts, Teaching School Alliances, Free Schools, Federations and other school networks.

We work with schools and other partners to develop sustainable networks that focus on developing a more strategic approach to arts education and culture. We provide advice and support to enable networks, and schools, to develop their practice as part of their school improvement plans from emerging to established, and then to advanced practice through partnerships with artists and arts and cultural organisations.

We recognise the regional need to develop the arts education school leaders of the future with the skills, knowledge and experience of the pedagogy of learning in, and through, the arts, and with the understanding of the role that the arts and cultural sector can play in improving quality outcomes for children and young people.

Our Education programmes include:

  • Supporting networks of schools to develop an arts and cultural engagement programme
  • Developing an Arts Ambassador scheme for teachers and pupils/students
  • Piloting programmes of arts and cultural development with Teaching School Alliances
  • Supporting the development of locally and regionally connected networks for specialist art form teachers
  • Creating a local and regional network across the Early Years sector that has a focus on developing arts, culture and creativity for their children and families.
  • Supporting schools to integrate Artsmark and Arts Awards within their school development plans
  • Increasing the number of teachers on Arts Organisation Boards and Arts Professionals as school governors
  • Connecting lead schools into the development of  Cultural Education Partnerships (CEPs) to help to inform and shape the strategic developments for children and young people in each locality

We recognise the regional need to develop the arts education school leaders of the future with the skills, knowledge and experience of the pedagogy of learning in, and through, the arts, and with the understanding of the role that the arts and cultural sector can play in improving quality outcomes for children and young people.

You can see some examples of our work with the education sector in the Case Studies section. To stay in touch with us, sign up for our monthly e-news here.

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