North Tyneside Cultural Education Partnership

The North Tyneside Cultural Education Partnership (NTCEP) aims to increase connectivity between the education and cultural sectors in North Tyneside, by increasing awareness of the cultural offer, and supporting schools to use the arts to meet their wider objectives.

Aims and objectives

The NTCEP has recently created a Theory of Change that sets out its vision for cultural provision for young people in North Tyneside. The group’s ambition is for all children and young people to be active participants in creative opportunities which enhance their resilience, confidence and wellbeing.


  • There is increased awareness of the cultural opportunities available within North Tyneside, and how to access them.
  • Every school in North Tyneside is evidencing a broad range of involvement in the arts through their school development plan.
  • Schools and artists co-produce a culturally rich curriculum, in and out of school.
  • Children and young people co-create arts and cultural opportunities in North Tyneside and take the initiative.
  • Children and young people say that their resilience, confidence and wellbeing have improved thanks to participation in a rich cultural life.

Click to view North Tyneside Cultural Education Partnership Theory of Change document


In 2020, NTCEP was successful in bidding for Partnership Investment. Working with Barnado’s, North Tyneside Public Health and Children North East, NTCEP will pilot cultural social prescribing delivered through schools for 5-19 year olds in North Tyneside; targeted at those who require support to improve their behaviour, self-esteem to build resilience and emotional wellbeing, through access to a range of cultural activities, tailored to their needs. The pilot aims to develop young people’s social and emotional, and other life skills.  


  • Cheryl Gavin (Chair) (Helix Arts, CEO) 
  • Emma Thomas (Seaton Delaval Hall, General Manager) 
  • Julie Dorr (North Tyneside Music Education Hub, School Improvement Adviser) 
  • Sharron Colpitts-Elliott (Rockcliffe First School, Headteacher)
  • Rachel Woods (Whitehouse Primary School, Headteacher) 
  • Claire Withers (Fordley Primary, Headteacher) 
  • Lucy Roderick (Churchill Community College, Assistant Headteacher) 
  • Kehri Ellis (North Tyneside Learning Trust, CEO)
  • Paula McCormack (Wallsend Children's Community, Executive Lead) 
  • Emma Barker (Wallsend Children's Community, Community Co-ordinator)
  • Steve Bishop (North Tyneside Council, Head of Cultural Services) 
  • Chris Bishop (North Tyneside Council, Operational Manager for Arts, Museums and Heritage) 
  • Rachel Warkcup (North Tyneside Libraries, Team Leader) 
  • Rachel Adamson (Bigfoot Arts Education NE, Director) 
  • Carol Alevroyianni (Salto Arts Productions, Co-Director) 
  • Virginia Wilkinson (TWAM, Learning Officer)
  • Clare Smith (TWAM, Head of Learning and Participation) 

Get in touch

To get in touch, please contact Andrew Garrad , Culture Bridge North East Area Manager.

Job opportunities

North Tyneside Cultural Education Partnership - Development Coordinator 
(Part Time, 2 days per week) Fixed Term Salary: £25,000 - £28000 per annum (pro rata) depending on experience

Brief details

Do you want to make a difference to the community in North Tyneside across culture and education? North Tyneside Cultural Education Partnership (NTCEP) is seeking an experienced Development Coordinator to support its development, membership, steering group and deliver its planned programme and projects.

Can you bring strategic thinking and tactical approaches, along with practical planning and coordination skills? Can you bring enthusiasm and ideas to the NTCEP ? Are you a brilliant planner, organiser and communicator? Then this is the opportunity for you.

Come and be part of an amazing alliance of partners as part of the North Tyneside Culture Education Partnership. If you feel less represented and want to make that change, then we are very keen to hear from you!

This post is hosted by Helix Arts in partnership with North Tyneside Council and the NTCEP.

If you are interested please send:

  • A covering letter outlining your interest in the role, your skills and experience relevant to the job description and personal specification and what you would bring to the commission.
  • A CV with contact details for two referees, ideally including one which is linked to working with children and young people in an arts / cultural context.

Closing date: Noon Monday 16 August 2021

Interviews / Selection: Wednesday 1 September 2021.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview. For further information or to arrange an informal conversation about the post please contact: Cheryl Gavin 07976240570 (Chair, NTCEP) or Julie Dorr 01916438520 (Vice Chair, NTCEP).

Download the job description here