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.