Opportunity to tender - North Northumberland schools’ engagement consultant

30 September 2020

Brief for delivery of North Northumberland schools’ engagement

CBNE is seeking to appoint an organisation or consultant(s) to work with us up to April 2021. The organisation or consultant will explore Northumberland schools’ barriers to cultural engagement and solutions to these, and from this develop a plan for CBNEs strategic work with schools in North Northumberland in 2021. This is not a specific response to challenges brought about by COVID-19 but it is acknowledged that this will have had a significant impact upon schools. 

Brief for Northumberland schools engagement project 

Schools are critical to young people’s access to and engagement with culture and the arts, and as such are a critical audience for CBNE. Since 2015, we have achieved a range of successes in our work with schools, and have good levels of engagement with schools across the region. There is of course always more that could be done, and in this period we would like to focus additional resource in North Northumberland.  

Our Area Managers have a critical role in our engagement with schools, holding relationships with key stakeholders, providing advice and constructive challenge, and directing schools to our programmes including Artsmark, Arts Award and professional development. This contract is for work alongside and in addition to our Area Manager for Northumberland. 

Targeted work in North Northumberland is being supported by funding from the Department for Education which aims to develop an improved and more coherent local cultural education offer for children, young people and schools, particularly schools in areas with high proportions of disadvantaged pupils. This will be achieved by targeting 26 schools, that are not currently committed to arts and culture, and supporting them to overcome barriers to engagement.  

Through this consultancy we are seeking to: 

  • Increase our capacity in North Northumberland, engaging a locally based organisation or consultant(s) to target 26 schools which are not already engaged with CBNE.  
  • Undertake research to understand if, how and why these schools are engaging with culture and the arts, and if they are not, to understand the barriers facing these schools and how these might be overcome.   
  • Develop a plan for locally delivered programmes to run alongside our regional Creative Classrooms, Cultural Leadership in Education, Arts Award and Artsmark programmes.  

Depending on the results of this phase of work and the plan developed, and on confirmation of further funding conditions from the Department of Education, it may be possible to extend this work into 2021-22.  

Proposals must be received by 17:00, Thursday 15 October 2020

Download the full brief here