Cultural Leaders in Education

Cultural Leadership in Education programme

Culture Bridge North East's Cultural Leadership in Education Programme for teachers has been developed in partnership with Newcastle University North Leadership Centre, with the aim of building a group of cultural leaders in schools to lead cultural learning experiences.

Participants will be helped to understand their role as curriculum leaders, to raise awareness and to promote opportunities for cultural and creative learning within their own schools and across a network of local schools. They will be advocates for arts and culture and will be able to assess and articulate the impact on children and young people as well as be thoroughly informed about cultural organisations.

Rachel Dembry, Head of Art at Whitburn Church of England Academy, explains how she found the first session: “Personally I found the course enlightening and inspiring; for a head of subject with 16 years’ experience that is a wonderful thing! I felt safe and nurtured to be around other like-minded individuals who also saw the value in the arts.

“I feel a whole new creative world has opened up in front of me because of the Cultural Leadership in Education course and now that the door is wide open things will never be the same. My next steps are to spread the word to the staff at my school, I hope to encourage them to place more value on culture and include it more in day to day lessons by sharing fantastic examples. Funding is something else I’ve been researching and I look forward to day two of the course in March, for more inspiration, help and support so I can then become a cultural leader who inspires staff and enriches the lives of our students.”

Jack Gardener, Hotspur Primary School, said: “The cultural leadership training was hugely beneficial. As well as being thought provoking and inspiring it reminded me about the reasons I originally went into education and of the powers of culture and the arts within school. I would thoroughly recommend it to other teachers and practitioners.”

About the programme and register

Culture Bridge North East and the Newcastle University North Leadership Centre are delighted to offer the two-day programme that will develop the knowledge and skills you need to lead the cultural offer in your school. The programme will be led by a cultural arts practitioner and a facilitator with expertise in school leadership. Sessions run at the National Glass Centre. Lunch is included.

Alongside the sessions, you will run a small-scale project focused on leading an aspect of change in your school, including an action plan and impact evaluation. You will write your own Account of Practice, and the cohort will receive a booklet containing all Accounts of Practice submitted at a celebration event in June 2019.

Day A - 15th November 2018, 12pm-6pm

Developing knowledge and skills: what is possible?

  • Leadership in practice and the role of the subject leader
  • The cultural landscape
  • Current Arts policy and the Cultural Education Challenge
  • How can cultural learning make a difference?
  • Developing practice in your school

Day B - 14th March 2019, 12pm-6pm

Enhancing your cultural offer: what is the impact?

  •  Your role in leading learning
  •  Making a difference in your school • Exploring aspects of leadership theory with practical application for your school 
  • Action planning 
  • Evaluating impact - Why? and How?

As well as the programme sessions, we will also be running an informal networking meeting in January for participants past and present. This will take place at the Sunderland Empire.

The cost of the programme is £50. Places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis. Please secure funding and permission to be out of school before registering. 

Register here