About LeedsCEP

What is LeedsCEP?

Leeds Cultural Education Partnerships (LeedsCEP) is here to promote the work of our members and what they do for children and young people in the city.

  • We are here to forge partnerships and networks so members can be more joined-up and work in a more informed and collaborative way.
  • We want to be a collective voice, which can shout louder about the value of creative and cultural learning to those who can listen and affect change.
  • We’re here to celebrate all the amazing stuff that goes off in our organisations, schools and neighbourhoods.
  • We’re also here to develop that work, share best practice and forge ahead stronger.

LeedsCEP was established in September 2017 in response to Arts Council England’s Cultural Education Challenge.

Local Cultural Education Partnerships (LCEPs) are a partnership of arts and cultural organisations, educational institutions, local authorities and other stakeholders committed to developing cultural learning opportunities for children and young people in their local area.  They exist across the country in different local authorities and respond to local need and context.

LeedsCEP works strategically to drive a joined-up cultural offer locally, to share resources and bring about a more coherent, visible cultural education offer for children and young people in the city.  We have a wide and growing membership of organisations from the cultural, education and community sectors which cover all geographical areas of Leeds.

Our Vision

Leeds will be a city that grows the aspirations and talents of children and young people through access to high quality arts and cultural opportunities.

Our Mission

LeedsCEP provides a collective voice within the city, and through co-creation of practices and policy, will address inequality in Leeds by ensuring all children and young people have access to a high quality arts and cultural education offer that responds to their needs.

Our Strategic Priorities

LeedsCEP members are working in partnership to explore four key agendas which respond to areas of identified need within Leeds.

Advocacy and Access: we are creating an evidence-based case for cultural education, and will use this to advocate to decision-makers and stakeholders in Leeds. We’re also raising awareness and removing barriers to Leeds’ cultural education offer, by developing targeted work where engagement is low, and providing targeted information for schools and young people on the cultural offer in the city.

Children and Young People’s Voice and Engagement: we will ensure young people’s voice is a key part of decision making in the development of creative education opportunities. We will shape effective policy planning by raising the profile of young people’s perspectives and creative education needs.

Progression and skills: We will support programmes that identify, nurture and retain young people’s creative talent in the city and address current barriers to cultural education progression from early years through to higher education. We will work together to develop best practice in creative and cultural learning in schools and support progression and talent development for young people into creative careers.

Health and wellbeing: we will support cross-sector information exchange, networking, professional development and other initiatives which support health and wellbeing outcomes for children and young people through engagement with arts and culture.

For more information on LeedsCEP read our Action Plan