Cultural Leaders in Education

Cultural Leaders in Education (CLE) is a leadership development programme for middle and senior leaders in schools interested in developing their role in influencing a whole school approach to arts and cultural provision.

The programme is led in partnership with and accredited by Carnegie Teaching Schools Alliance (TSA). Participation in the programme will lead to attaining the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL).

CLE will enable up to 12 selected leaders from primary, secondary, PRU and special schools across Yorkshire and the Humber to address school improvement priorities and transform the learning experience for their students through strategic planning, innovative pedagogy and practice in cultural education.

The CLE participants will:

  • Diminish the difference through building strategic partnerships with arts and cultural providers
  • Develop leadership skills via the NPQSL qualification
  • Lead high quality teaching and learning across your school, and your school’s wider network (eg a cluster, pyramid, alliance, trust or academy chain)
  • Establish, lead and evaluate models for work through an enquiry based improvement project in school, and within the wider network
  • Understand and champion the critical role and impact of cultural education in school on attainment and engagement
  • Learn to strategically commission arts and cultural specialists
  • Engage in peer learning across the region via the CLE network

Programme Structure

This is a 26 day programme.

Cultural Leaders in Education process

Participants will benefit from the guidance and support of Carnegie TSA and 2 support sessions from IVE. NB Further time will be required by you to complete your NPQSL assignment.

Participants will additionally be able to access four free places on IVE’s schools CPD twilights for any staff at their school. The eight art form-specific sessions will cover: drama; dance; visual art; film; digital; music; creative writing and museums.


IVE will contribute £5000 for each participant. This must be 100% cash matched by your school with £5000 from your Pupil Premium funding.

Each successful school will use their £10,000 budget for:

  • Carnegie TSA bespoke NPQSL Arts and Culture (£1500) Schools in priority areas are able to claim this money back to use to further develop arts & cultural activities
  • Arts and culture partner time for the initial enquiry in school (10 days @ £250 per day = £2500)
  • Leadership exchange with arts and culture partner (2 days @ £250 = £500)
  • Arts and culture partner time for dissemination and implementation in network schools (6 days @ £250 = £1500)
  • Arts Council England Artsmark registration fee (£500)
  • Trinity College Arts Award Adviser training (£200)
  • The remaining funds can be used to further develop arts & culture at the school at your discretion

Selection Criteria

This programme is open to leaders from primary, secondary, special schools and PRUs. The school/leader must have demonstrable influence over a network (eg a cluster, pyramid, alliance, trust or academy chain). Participation in the programme requires a whole school commitment to arts and cultural education as a mechanism for school improvement. There must also be a commitment to the following:

  • Participants must be experienced middle or senior leaders or SLEs with the opportunity to shape teaching, learning and school improvement across their own school and a wider network
  • Lead schools with 20% + pupil premium or particularly challenging circumstances will be considered
  • School cash match funding of £5000
  • An interest in “diminishing the difference”
  • Support for participants to explore an area of enquiry and implement an intervention through an arts partnership
  • Collaboration with IVE and Carnegie TSA to ensure robust mechanisms of quality assurance and monitoring are in place
  • Willingness to share findings with both Carnegie TSA and IVE, and to enable them to distribute these through their networks

Timetable and Application Process

The programme will run from October 2018 to February 2020

How to Apply

Applications must evidence the full support of your Headteacher (NPQSL) and of your cluster leader (IVE) for attendance at all programme strands and include a commitment to £5000 match funding from Pupil Premium.

Where to send applications:

Deadline for applications: Friday 8th June

Expected Interview dates:  Monday 18 June – Friday 29 June 2018

Induction day:  Friday 21 September 2018


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