Cultural education news, research, policy and strategy

March 2020

Leeds Cultural Education Partnership (LeedsCEP) is looking to appoint a new Chair on a voluntary basis for an initial term of at least two years, commencing on 1 June 2020.

We believe every child should have access to a high quality arts and cultural education which responds to their needs, and LeedsCEP is working in partnership to deliver this ambition. Established in September 2017, LeedsCEP brings together a diverse and growing membership of over 50 organisations from arts, cultural and education sectors which cover all geographical areas of Leeds. LeedsCEP provides a collective voice within the city. We aim to lead a path through co-creation of practices and policy, to develop sustainable, creative opportunities that address inequality in Leeds.

We are now looking for an experienced leader who can take the CEP to the next level. S/he will work with the existing Strategy Group and the wider Partnership, and with stakeholders including IVE the Bridge Organisation, Leeds City Council, Leeds 2023 and the City’s thriving Cultural Education providers, to achieve the ambitious objectives we have set out in our action plan.

The successful candidate will have strong relationship-building abilities and experience of chairing or leading an organisation, be an effective supporter of cross-sector collaboration, and be an articulate and persuasive advocate. A demonstrable commitment to cultural education is essential; experience of working in the education or cultural sector is desirable, but not required. A detailed role description is available FINAL 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 17 April. For an informal discussion about the role please contact Sarah Beckett on 07718453248. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 5th May in central Leeds.

The next steering group meeting is at 2pm on Wednesday 10 June at Leeds City College, Quarry Hill Campus.


January 2020

The impact of culture and the arts on young people’s mental health

In 2019, the Cultural Institute at the University of Leeds hosted a conference for delegates from NHS, community healthcare, education, academia, arts and culture to consider how the arts and cultural participation can help improve mental health outcomes for children and young people. The keynote address was made by Dame Benny Refson, founder and president of schools’ mental health charity Place2Be. Young people from a range of backgrounds and experiences shared their perspectives. Chaired by Kimberley Robinson, from mental health charity Keep Real, the panellists discussed accessibility to arts activities, especially outside mainstream education, and the erosion of the arts curriculum in schools. Several of the young people spoke about how cultural participation had contributed to their own better mental health. Footage of the panal discussion can be viewed here.

The Leeds Arts, Health and Wellbeing Network (LAHWN) has recently been launched. The network aims to connect clinicians and public health bodies with a range of organisations and arts professionals who are engaging in arts and health activities in Leeds.


November 2019

Research exploring the impact of theatre on the provision of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development in schools

Over recent years, changes to the educational landscape have resulted in a decrease in arts activity in schools. To respond to these challenges Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah initiated a pilot project to investigate new ways of working, building on the findings of a report by the Royal Society of the Arts called ‘Schools with Soul’. This report focused on Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC) and found that, whilst this area had the potential to lay the groundwork for young people to manage the complex demands of modern life, provision in many schools was marginalised with low levels of teacher confidence. Much Theatre in Education has strong connections to SMSC and so the project was designed to test the impact of theatre pedagogies on SMSC provision, using an integrated model of a live performance, The Vultures’ Song (inspired by the Partition of India) and accompanying digital interactive educational resources.

Research was carried out into the impact of the project. This can be found here.  For further information about the project or to find out more about the Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah, please contact


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March 2019 News

January 2019 News

December 2018 News


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