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June 2021

Summer Schools

  • Are you beginning to plan a Summer School as part of the ‘Recovery’ agenda?
  • Do you need help in devising and delivering your Summer School?

Government guidance encourages schools to work with partner organisations to deliver enrichment activities such as arts, music, drama or sports activities as part of the summer offer.  This short article from the Cultural learning Alliance might also be useful if you are considering working with cultural partners.

Leeds Cultural Education Partnership can put you in touch with a range of different organisations, from museums to dance organisations, large theatre companies to individual artists, writers and musicians. We can support you in building partnerships and putting creativity and cultural experiences at the heart of your summer school offer. To support with this we have compiled a range of opportunities, all of which can be tailored to your needs.  These can be found on the LeedsCEP creative activities for summer schools

If any of these inspire you, and you would like to be connected with a specific organisation or have an initial conversation to explore possible ideas, please get in touch with Kathryn by email:


May 2021

Could You Be Our New Chair?

We are looking for an Independent Chair for the Leeds Cultural Education Partnership (LeedsCEP) – someone who can steer, advocate and really drive forward our work with children and young people at this exciting time.

Together with LEEDS 2023 Year of Culture, we have a unique opportunity to engage children and young people with high quality, transformative creative and cultural experiences.  LEEDS 2023 will be a transformational year – a ground-breaking, 12-month-long cultural celebration of our extraordinary city.  Children and young people are central to its vision and LeedsCEP is an important, strategic partner in realising its aims for children and young people and sustaining its impact and legacy far beyond 2023.

We are looking for an experienced leader who can take the CEP to the next level. The Chair will work with the Children & Young People’s Partnership Manager (LEEDS 2023/LeedsCEP), the steering group and key stakeholders to achieve the ambitious objectives we have set out in our action plan.

The successful candidate will be able to operate strategically and provide confident leadership to drive forward the partnership.  Either with experience of chairing or leading others, they will have strong relationship-building abilities and be an effective supporter of cross-sector collaboration.  The chair will also be an articulate and persuasive advocate on behalf of the LeedsCEP.  Demonstrable commitment to cultural education is essential.  Experience of working in the education or cultural sector is desirable but not required.

This is a voluntary/pro bono role.  Minimum commitment of two years, commencing on 1st September 2021.

A full role description can be downloaded here: LeedsCEP Chair Role Description.

Please send a current CV and a letter of application, setting out the contribution you could make in the role of Chair, to by 12 noon on Friday 25 June.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Sarah Beckett, Senior Cultural Education Manager, IVE at / 07718453248.

Interviews are provisionally planned for Tues 6th July (am) or Weds 7th July (pm)

Bags of Creativity Postcards

The Activity Postcards, created as part of the Bags of Creativity project, are now available for everyone to access from the IVE website.  For further information and a link to the age appropriate activities, see our Bags of Creativity blog post. 

For previous news, please visit the links below:

December 2020 News

October 2020 News

September 2020 News

July 2020 News

June 2020 News

May 2020 News

March 2020 News

January 2020 News


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