Newcastle Cultural Education Partnership

The Newcastle Cultural Education Partnership was established in response to Arts Council England’s Cultural Education Challenge, led initially by headteachers from across the seven educational trusts in the city. The Newcastle CEP brings together a critical mass of organisations to support children and young people to reach their full potential as creative, connected, active, and engaged citizens.

Aims and objectives

The Newcastle Cultural Education Partnership was established in response to Arts Council England’s Cultural Education Challenge, led initially by headteachers from across the seven educational trusts in the city. 

The Newcastle CEP brings together a critical mass of organisations to support children and young people to reach their full potential as creative, connected, active and engaged citizens.

Schools, cultural organisations, local government, community organisations, businesses and funding partners are working in partnership to transform access to and engagement in high quality cultural education that will enhance children and young people’s life chances and raise aspirations.

The Newcastle CEP draws on the skills, knowledge, experience and resources of partner organisations to develop strategic, joined up action that will benefit children, young people and communities across Newcastle upon Tyne.

Our goal is that children and young people are able to reach their full potential as creative, connected, active and engaged citizens.

Newcastle CEP members have developed an outcomes framework using Theory of Change methodology to clarify the change vision they share. Through a process of collaboration and discussion, the LCEP defined and agreed a goal that has commitment across the partnership network, and has relevance and meaning for other stakeholders. 

The partnership agreed a set of outcomes to guide the strategic development of its activities between 2018 and 2022. This framework identifies the impact that the partnership will create for children and young people, aligned to its long term goal, intermediate outcomes, and activities that the partnership will deliver.

Outcomes:

  • There is greater breadth in the school curriculum for children and young people, with opportunities to engage with the arts and culture at all stages, including transition points
  • There is greater equality of opportunity to access the arts for children and young people across all schools in Newcastle trusts, sustained by specific knowledge and skills
  • More children and young people engage with the cultural offer inside and outside school
  • More parents are aware of and support the cutural programme and the activities on offer.


Membership to the Newcastle Cultural Education Partnership is open to:

  • School trusts operating in Newcastle
  • Cultural organisations selected through the expression of interest process
  • Local authority representatives
  • City council representatives
  • Music Education Hubs
  • Business partners connected to school trusts
  • Independent external individuals, identified and invited to support specific elements of the work.

Current activities

The NCEP aims to create a series of public facing events designed to act as catalysts to enhance cultural education across the city. These events will be delivered with four main purposes:

1. To strengthen existing networks

2. To develop cross sector networks between culture and education

3. To provide knowledge exchange opportunities

4. To broker new relationships.

Newcastle CEP organised a marketplace event in March 2018 that provided information about what is happening during the Great Exhibition of the North, enabling schools to make contact with science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM), and cultural learning opportunities that will last well beyond this time.

The partnership is committed to contributing to and enhancing the cultural education evidence base, building a body of data that will shape the programme, focus resources and deepen understanding of impacts.

It is looking at baseline evidence from children and young people at key transition points in their education (Year 2 and Year 6) and is tracking and monitoring their engagement and the impact of participation over five years through to 2022, reporting on progress annually.

It also wishes to collect evidence of impact from teachers to support improved skills and knowledge development, and from parents and families, to track its success in raising levels of awareness and support.

The evaluation undertaken will identify annual monitoring points, collecting quantitative and qualitative data, as well as action research projects that will examine how projects deliver curriculum innovation and support out of school engagement in cultural education.

There are currently two vacant spaces for representatives from Newcastle-based cultural organisation to join as members.

Members

  • Miles Wallis Clarke, Ouseburn Learning Trust
  • Liz Simpson, Outer West Learning Trust
  • Matt Ward, Gosforth Schools Foundation Trust
  • Jane Evans, Kingston Park Primary, SMART Multi-Academy Trust
  • Ashleigh McCluskey, Kingston Park Primary, SMART Multi-Academy Trust
  • Debi Bailey, Walkergate Primary, Riverside Learning Trust
  • Chris Rollings Hadrian School, The Compass Trust
  • Judith Sword, West End Schools Trust
  • Georgina Biddle, Music Partnership North - Newcastle Music Service
  • Carey Fluker-Hunt, Seven Stories
  • James MacGillivray, BalletLORENT
  • Clare Smith,  Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
  • Dean Jackson, Newcastle City Council
  • Andrew Rothwell, Newcastle City Council
  • Jeanne Hale, Culture Bridge North East

Get in touch

To get in touch, please contact Elvie Thompson, Culture Bridge North East at elvie.thompson@twmuseums.org.uk.