Our programmes and courses

We support professionals in formal and informal education in the West Midlands to develop their ambitions, effectiveness and leadership potential and so help to improve the quality and provision of arts and cultural learning for the children and young people they work with. We do this by offering a rich programme of CPD activity, conferences and events, run in partnership with local arts and cultural organisations.

Costs and eligibility

Some of our programmes and courses are free; but there may be a fee or charge in some instances, depending on the activity.

Our courses and programmes are open to all professionals in formal and informal education living and working in the West Midlands.


Depending on the programme there may be a formal application process, or you may need to register on our website. Please refer to the individual programme and our events pages.

Find out more about our courses, programmes and networks

  • Amplify A youth voice initiative by Arts Council England’s Bridge Network. The Bridge network has come together to collaboratively launch a new digital series focusing on good practice in children and young people voice across England.
  • Arts Ambassador Schools Network designed to develop teachers, young people, and Governors, as leaders and advocates of the arts through a school improvement programme.
  • Arts Award and Artsmark support to help you deliver and develop your offer for children and young people.
  • British Art Show 9 Arts Award Downloadable Resources developed with graduates of the University of Wolverhampton
  • Digital Resources: curated digital resources for educationalists, parents and all those involved in arts and creativity at home and at school.
  • Early Years the Moonbeams programme provides CPD for early years practitioners and artists through courses, conferences and events and a social media network.
  • Local Cultural Education Partnerships in October 2015, Arts Council England launched the Cultural Education Challenge, which asked the art and cultural sector, Local Authorities and other organisations from the voluntary and private sectors to come together to develop a more joined-up local arts and cultural offer. One of the means for achieving this was to create new place based, collaborative partnerships called Local Cultural Education Partnerships (LCEPs). Arts Connect are supporting the development of a network of LCEPs in the West Midlands
  • Teacher Continuing Professional Development Programmes including Teacher CPD Networks, courses and conferences, providing professionals in formal and informal education with opportunities to share good practice and to network.
  • Read our Arts News for Schools – termly newsletter.

Future activity

Virtual Schools

We are developing a Virtual School network involving 14 Virtual Schools working in partnership to develop a cultural offer for all children in care in the West Midlands. This includes a programme of arts opportunities that will enable children to develop their interests and talents, and to achieve qualifications such as Arts Awards.

Get in touch

Please contact Pepita Hanna, Associate Director Partnership and Investment, if you are interested in applying or need further information or details.