About LeedsCEP

The Leeds Cultural Education Partnership (LeedsCEP) was established in September 2017 in response to Arts Council England’s Cultural Education Challenge.  The group has a wide and growing membership of organisations from both the cultural and education sectors which cover all geographical areas of Leeds.

The vision of the LeedsCEP is for Leeds to be a city that grows the aspirations and talents of children and young people through access to high quality arts and cultural opportunities.

Through co-creation of practices and policy, the LeedsCEP strives to lead the path for developing sustainable, creative opportunities that address inequality in Leeds by ensuring all children and young people have access to a high quality arts and cultural education 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 access to the Leeds Cultural Education offer, by providing easy access to targeted information for schools and information for young people on creative education and progression opportunities in Leeds.

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: LeedsLCEP will enable new and innovative opportunities for young people in the cultural and creative sectors that address current barriers to all young people being able to develop their creative education in primary, secondary and higher education through to training opportunities and work in the sector.

Health and wellbeing: we will develop new networks across the city that foster a cultural and creative sector response to health and wellbeing priorities for children and young people in Leeds.