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Stoke & North Staffordshire Cultural Education Partnership



Natalie Armitage – Chair

Current Aims & Objectives

We are a growing movement of arts, cultural and heritage organisations, educators, individuals, business and communities who collectively work together to ensure ALL children and young people aged 0 to 25 yrs have access to high quality arts and culture. More and more people are advocating for arts in education, with real recognition that creative thinking is needed for an ever-changing jobs market, environmental challenges, community building, challenging divisions and supporting positive well-being.

Impact Statement
Working together across Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire to ensure that the opportunity to participate, achieve and succeed in vibrant high-quality arts and cultural education becomes a normal expectation for children and young people.

Our Values

We will challenge perceptions of arts and cultural education at a strategic level, advocating for its impact on children and young people’s lives. We will challenge the perceptions of our city and children and young people, through arts and culture and we will challenge ourselves and our children and young people to take part, learn, lead, and innovate.

Fun & Innovative
We will lead the way in being innovate in how we engage and deliver arts and culture to children and young people, ensuring participation is fun and offers a positive learning experience.

We will collaborate, encouraging diversity, difference and acceptance. We will encourage children and young people to remove divisions and barriers to involvement, engagement and participation.

We will deliver authentic cultural offers for all children and young people in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire, making them accessible, engaging, diverse, high quality, inspiring and fun. We want to give children and young people the opportunities necessary to be competitive within the creative industries and become cultural arts leaders.

We will ensure that all children and young people have access to high quality arts and cultural activities through developing networks, locally, nationally and internationally.

Stoke on Trent and North Staffordshire Cultural Education Partnership logo

Current Activities

STARTS-Staffordshire Teachers ARTS Network
Networks are available to join for Primary ARTS, Secondary Visual Art, Secondary Dance and Secondary Drama. Our programmes delivers quality ARTS focused CPD for teachers in partnership with artists and arts organisations across the region of Staffordshire.

Creative Youth Voices Project
Overall the project aims to:

  • CHALLENGE their perceptions in order to gain a deeper understanding of arts and culture
  • Support them to EXPLORE and PARTICIPATE in a wide range of arts and cultural activities, both locally and nationally
  • Encourage them to SHARE their findings

Our Creative Youth Voices project, which commenced in November 2019, has started to do exactly that, thanks to the lead of Kreative Foundations, and an amazing project team consisting of The New Vic Theatre, Endon High School, and The City Learning Trust.
Our group of 24 young people, also known as Cultural Explorers, have begun their journeys towards working with us to co-design arts provision across the city, and feeding in to an array of sectors to ensure young people’s needs and interests are being met.

Loving Learning Through Creativity Loving learning

Through Creativity is a partnership project between Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire CEP, Arts Connect, Partners in Creative Learning (PiCL), YMCA North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Opportunity Area.

Working with 11 schools in the Stoke-on-Trent area the project was developed in 2018 to tackle persistent absences through an “artist in residence” style project. Each school identified priority year groups groups and works with the team and an artist to deliver weekly in school sessions, additional extra-curricular breakfast and afterschool sessions all linked to the artists own practice. Our aim is to engage young people, who are disengaged or at risk of disengaging with with school through the use of arts activities and positive role model/artist.

Stoke Creates
Acting as a ‘landing platform’ for the regional, national and international resources that aim to support cultural development, Stoke Creates aims to secure a proper share of resources, by identifying and up-scaling appropriate opportunities that may focus on or arise for the city. Stoke Creates is a growing network of our anchor organisations that have expertise in culture, industry, education and civic leadership, all with outstanding track records of success, that come together in Stoke Creates for our common goals. It will launch initiatives and projects that support and develop advocacy in Arts, Creativity and Culture.

We provide experiences for sector professionals to come together through informal and formal opportunities. Sign up to our newsletter to hear about our next networking meeting and Cultural Education conference.

Organisations that are currently part of the CEP

CEP Members

We have a membership of over 300 organisations and individuals this includes:

  • Alan Barrett Creative
  • Arts Connect
  • Endon High School
  • Feral Spaces
  • Keele University
  • Kreative Foundations
  • Merit Pupil Referral Unit
  • New Vic Theatre
  • Our Lady’s Catholic Academy
  • Partners in Creative Learning (PiCL)
  • St Nathaniel’s Academy
  • Staffordshire University
  • Stoke-on-Trent City Council
  • Stoke-on-Trent Libraries
  • The City Learning Trust
  • The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
  • YMCA North Staffordshire