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2022 – 2023  Working in Formal Education Briefing Series

Who are these for? All those working in cultural, creative or arts education. You can either be an individual artists or education professional working in arts organisations.

What are the purpose of these sessions? To give you the opportunity to take part in development workshops and small cluster action groups to help develop, build and extend your work in formal education across the West Midlands.

Formed of three online sessions, separate focussed learning groups and a final in-person event, this series will help you to:

• Explore how arts, culture and creativity are relevant to formal education settings
• Make sense of the policies and structures that formal education settings work within
• Understand more about place-based ways of working and find tools to help you strategically develop your work

How many can I attend? You can sign up to one or all three. The choice is yours.

Who will lead the sessions? 

This series is led by Dr. Anthony Ruck. Their work focuses on culture, creativity and inequalities and covers practice, policy and research. They currently work as Assistant Director at Culture Central, and an Associate in the Department of Sociology and the Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies at the University of Warwick. Previously Anthony has worked in the national learning team at Arts Council England and A New Direction and has led regional and national creative education programmes, strategy and research. They have published work on inequalities in education and on the Durham Commission on Creativity in Education.

Session 1: Unpacking Culture, Creativity & Arts

This first session will explore what culture, creativity and the arts all bring to formal education settings. If you work in arts, culture, heritage, libraries or museums this session will interrogate the values behind our work and reflect on how we can start to put them into action.

This session will help you to:
• Understand Ofsted terminology such as ‘cultural capital’ and ‘broad and balanced curriculum’ and directives within Ofsted to inform the design of education programmes and projects.
• Know more about how Artsmark can enhance your offer to schools.

When: Wed 16th November (Online)
Time: 9.30 – 12.00
Cost: FREE – however places are limited

To book your place please click here

Session 2: Working with Schools

This session explores in detail the policy contexts in schools, and will help you to understand and develop your work in relation to areas such as ‘cultural capital’ and creativity. The second half of the session will focus on the practicalities of working in, and building powerful partnerships with schools.

This session will help you to:
• Understand more about the context for working with schools in multi academy chains and local authority schools.
• Learn how to shape your offer to the needs of schools giving them a greater chance of building on-going partnership work, whether they offer a one off cultural experience, a residency or a project.

When: Wed 14th December (Online)
Time: 9:30am-12:00pm
Cost: FREE – however places are limited

To book your place please click here

Session 3: Working in Place

This final session will help you to find out more about demographics, data, and research to support the development, monitoring and evaluation of your work. It will give you the tools to plan and evaluate the work that you do, in the context of the places that you work.

This session will help you to:
• Understand how government initiatives such as the levelling up agenda will affect children and young people in education and school priorities
• Work with social and demographic data to better understand the people in the places that you work

When: Wed 18th January (Online)
Time: 9:30am-12:00pm
Cost: FREE – however places are limited

To book you place please click here


Please contact Helen, with any queries