Local Cultural Education Partnerships

In response to the Cultural Education Challenge we are working in the majority of Yorkshire and the Humber’s 15 local authority areas to establish Local Cultural Education Partnerships. We want to ensure every child and young person has access to a consistent offer of high quality arts and cultural education. Each partnership will reflect the identity and needs of its own local area. We are bringing partners together to help them establish a shared approach to removing identified barriers to access to arts and culture faced by children and young people in their local community.

Local Cultural Education Partnership Status

Fusion - Barnsley Cultural Education Partnership 

Fusion has a highly proactive group of teachers and artists working on Programming and Resources. Over 260 pupils gained their Arts Award Explore as part of an Arts Award pilot with six schools, with a range of support offers from local arts and cultural organisations. Eight schools began their Artsmark journey together through a partnership between Fusion, IVE and Tykes Teaching School Alliance. There have been two well attended Teachmeets for artists and teachers.

2020 will see the partnership expand the Arts Award programme to another 5 Barnsley schools, with existing schools introducing Arts Award Discover into key stage 1. Fusion has recently commissioned Hatch to take the lead on its Children’s Arts Festival, which will take place in May and June 2020.  develop stronger connections with the education sector and develop a strong online presence.

For more information about joining Fusion, please contact Sara Mair (saramair@barnsley.gov.uk).

Fusion – Creative Producer

Fusion are seeking an experienced creative producer to work with children, young people and local and national cultural partners to co-ordinate existing programming and co-create a number of showcase events for Barnsley’s first Children and Young People’s Festival in May 2020.

Bradford Local Cultural Education Partnership 

The Friday of Bradford’s Summer Festival was once again programmed, run and attended by Bradford LCEP members, providing a valuable opportunity for performers, participants and Bradford College students, who ran the event as a live brief.

The Audience and Reach Group has been proactive in positioning the LCEP to support with child/youth voice across a number of new and exciting initiatives all in their infancy – City of Culture, Creative People and Places and Bradford Producing Hub. 2020 will see the Bradford Partnership conduct an in depth consultation activity with children and young people under 25, which will help it to refine its 25 x 25 cultural entitlement. Recruiting an independent chair will be a priority this year, which will support the group’s ambition to secure partnership investment against its action plan, including a place-based curriculum for Bradford.

For more information or to join one of the groups then please contact Madeleine Irwin (madeleine@weareive.org).

Calderdale Local Cultural Education Partnership 

The LCEP has secured Partnership Investment Funding and match funding from Calderdale Council and others for a two year strategic development, creative consultation and workforce development programme. Funded activity has so far included consortia fundraising training for members and a new commissioning process to embed co-production and give agency to children and young people. The next twelve months will see the LCEP engaging 9 groups of children and young people in co-produced creative consultation, further workforce development training to equip members to deliver to children and young people with complex needs in addition to ensuring minimum standards such as safeguarding are met. The LCEP will monitor and evaluate co-production and creative delivery and support and engage schools and community groups in Artsmark and Arts Award.

For further information or to join the mailing list, please contact Ruth Gamble (ruth@creativelearningguild.co.uk).

DCEP – Doncaster Local Cultural Education Partnership 

The DCEP has developed an active and broad membership over the last 4 years, and is integrated into local authority structures. It reports to the Doncaster Growing Together Arts & Culture Programme Board, which is helping to achieve Doncaster’s borough strategy. The work of the DCEP is responding Doncaster’s Culture Strategy to connect all people in Doncaster with great arts and culture.

The partnership has recently been awarded partnership investment funds to employ a part-time cultural education manager. They will drive its plans to analyse and identify creative education cold spots create parity of services across the borough, identify and develop teachers or school leaders to become arts champions and instigate activities that promote and raise awareness of cultural careers and build pathways for young people to develop and progress their creativity and career aspirations.

For more information, please visit: https://doncastercep.org.uk/about-us/  

To get in touch, please contact Susan Kerrigan (susan@castindoncaster.com).

East Riding Local Cultural Education Partnership 

The partnerships current aims are to understand the current cultural situation in the East Riding, improve the creative cultural offer, and develop strong communication and signposting to improve access for children and young people.

The LCEP is working in partnership with The Audience Agency. They have created a survey for schools and young people to complete that will help build a picture of engagement and challenges in the region.  Once completed the partnership will review the data to identify aims and priorities and create a refreshed action plan.

To get involved in the East Riding LCEP, please contact Susan Cairns (susan@weareive.org)

Generation Hull  – Local Cultural Education Partnership 

The partnership has recently evolved to become Generation Hull. Generation Hull was the legacy vision from City of Culture to engage children and young people with culture in the city. The Generation Hull Steering Group has now merged with the LCEP to create a broader strategic group. The partnership is currently in the process of recruiting for an independent Chair. It’s also working  to tie together priorities and strategic aims from various groups in order to create a more efficient cross-city approach.

Over the last year, there has been a committed group of LCEP members who have worked on the development of a city-wide Arts Award Discover log book. There is a network of centres who are ready to work together to coordinate quarterly assessment meetings of completed log books, once the resource is launched later in 2020.

The current focus is to recruit an independent chair. Recruitment pack and further info can be found at the bottom of this page under ‘How can you get involved?’.

To join the Hull LCEP, please contact Susan Cairns (susan@weareive.org).

EvoKe – Kirklees Local Cultural Education Partnership 

Evoke has improved visibility of and participation in the arts and cultural offer for young people through collaborative work on Our Brilliant Roadshow, Our Biennale Festival, YARN and Woven Festival.

Evoke now has a physical footprint in central Huddersfield thanks to the Children’s Art School’s pop-up Maker World in the Piazza. Evoke successfully applied for Partnership Investment funding and has just appointed its first Network Manager. This will build capacity and enable Evoke to expand its scope. Evoke’s Creative Health strand will continue, with the evaluation of a range of exemplar initiatives focused on young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Evoke’s ambitions for the coming year cover Our Biennale 2020, increasing the diversity of the network, increasing its work on creative careers and progression and increasing the take up of Artsmark. An Arts Award pilot across several hubs of schools in Kirklees will increase capacity to deliver and opportunities for young people to take up Arts Award.

For more information, please visit: http://www.evokekirklees.org  

To join EvoKe, please contact Sarah Beckett (SarahB@weareIVE.org).

Leeds Local Cultural Education Partnership 

LeedsCEP continues to work towards sustainable creative opportunities that address inequality throughout Leeds. The Schools Engagement group has delivered events for head teachers, senior leaders and classroom teachers focusing on how cultural learning can support a broad and balanced curriculum, with input from much of the wider membership via workshops and a cultural marketplace.

LeedsCEP members worked closely with CC Skills on Discover Creative Careers Week, with 15 organisations hosting groups of students and others supporting via a social media thunderclap. The Youth Voice group has begun a project with two academics from Leeds Beckett University looking at the role of the Cultural sector in supporting youth voice.

LeedsCEP’s next steps this year include recruiting an independent chair, developing links with Leeds 2023, continuing work on youth voice, advocacy and engagement and a survey of the wider membership to map work within its strategic priorities.

For further information or to join the mailing list, please contact Sarah Beckett (SarahB@weareIVE.org).

North East Lincolnshire Local Cultural Education Partnership 

North East Lincolnshire has a highly engaged group of people – ready to move the partnership into its next phase. Over the last couple of years, one to one work with partners has been taking place to build a picture of the landscape and to ensure the partnership forms a sustainable model and structure. In parallel, many wider positive developments in North East Lincs have created a new energy and strengthened relationships.

The Cultural Development Fund award to the area, the exciting Kasbah redevelopment, and North East Lincolnshire’s new arts strategy role will strengthen the cultural scene, and offer an even wider base and foundation on which to build a partnership.

To find out more or to get involved, please contact Elaine Burke who will be happy to help (burke.elaine@gmail.com).

North Lincolnshire LCEP 

The North Lincolnshire partnership is at an early stage in its development but has made some exciting progress recently.

The local authority have been championing the development of the LCEP for the past few years and recently, working with local artists and schools, the decision has been made to create a local festival for young people. The aim is to get more local artists working with schools and strengthen those partnerships going forward so there is more connectivity for future collaboration.

For more information, please contact Dave Herbert (Dave@weareive.org).

The Embassy for Reimagining Rotherham

Schools are at the heart of the ambitions of Rotherham LCEP, who aim to create an LCEP that is truly child-led and young people arts-friendly. 29 Rotherham schools signed up for Artsmark this academic year with financial support from Rotherham School Improvement Service (RoSIS). The schools will go through their Artsmark journey together with IVE providing regular peer networking and cpd for staff and schools involved. There was a significant improvement to provision for children and young people at the Rotherham Show.

Their key plans over the next 12 months are to recruit an independent chair, introduce a Family Arts award, implement a quality assurance system for all artists who work with children and young people in Rotherham and get Artsmark into the academies. The LCEP is also part of Rotherham’s plan to become the world’s first Children’s Capital of Culture in 2025.

For more information, please contact Dave Herbert (dave@Weareive.org).

COAST – Scarborough Local Cultural Education and Community Partnership 

Last year, COAST appointed a new Chair, David Warner, who is taking the partnership to its next stage of development. Two key priorities have emerged for COAST. The first is the need to ensure those working in the education sector have an accessible way to understand and access the diverse ecology of cultural and artistic offers available. The second is the need for a more comprehensive strategy to integrate the cultural and education sectors across the area. The partnership has secured representation on a new borough led task group looking to reinvent Scarborough Town Centre.

Currently, COAST is working on developing a new strategy for the borough and ensuring that the role of culture, arts and education are at the centre of plans to reinvent Scarborough Town Centre.

To join the Scarborough LCEP, please contact Susan Cairns (susan@weareive.org).

Create Sheffield – Sheffield Local Cultural Education Partnership 

In 2019 the partnership became a company limited by guarantee, and hopes to become a charity by end of March 2020. Create Sheffield was awarded partnership investment in 2019. Through that investment it employs a part time Programme Manager and Administrator.

The partnership action plan has enabled it to develop its website, consult every school in Sheffield in a Big Cultural Conversation, establish a schools CPD offer and a membership offer for arts & cultural partners. With additional support from IVE, 30 Sheffield schools have signed up to Artsmark and plan to go through their journey together over the next two years. Two of its key ambitions are to establish Sheffield Adventures, a series of activities for young people to explore the city, and City of Young Makers will allow Create Sheffield to identify limited provision across the city, and to assist with filling these gaps.

For updates, sign up to the monthly newsletter by emailing: createsheffieldinfo@gmail.com.

Create’s website is in development, but meanwhile information can be found on the following page: http://www.learnsheffield.co.uk/Partnerships/Create-Sheffield.

Twitter @CreateSheff

Facebook @CreateSheffieldAdventures

Instagram @createsheffield

To join Create Sheffield, please contact Sophie Hunter (createsheffieldinfo@gmail.com).

Wakefield Local Cultural Education Partnership 

Wakefield Local Cultural Education Partnership is supported by a steering group made up of representatives from; The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield Museums and Libraries, The Theatre Royal Wakefield, Wakefield Music Education Hub, The National Coal Mining Museum, Long Division Festival, Wakefield College, Yew Tree Youth Theatre.

WLCEP is looking for meaningful ways to work with and for young people. It has used open space meet ups to recruit more education-focused organisations to the steering group. The steering group is developing a youth led literature festival that will be a vehicle to partnership delivery with young people at the centre of the process. Priorities for the next year include ratifying the group’s terms of reference and action plan. Following that, the group will recruit an independent chair. WLCEP will programme a joint strand of creative careers activity in line with National Creative Careers programme 2020. The group will establish a shared approach to communications including social media. Fundraising for and delivering a youth led literature festival will be a key piece of work alongside evaluating and embedding best practice for and with young people into the LCEP.

Share, test, explore, meet ups: The wider membership meets quarterly for open space networking events at which the membership can learn about each other’s work, bring an idea to the table to be tested with others, explore challenges or just meet other people in Wakefield dedicated to offering children and young people cultural and creative opportunities.

If you provide cultural, creative activities for children and young people in Wakefield please do let us know by contacting Sarah Beckett (SarahB@weareIVE.org).

York Local Cultural Education Partnership 

Last year, REACH appointed a new Chair, Chris Edwards, who is taking the partnership to its next stage of development.

The partnership has created a strategic plan and activity plan. There are three key areas for development in York, which are creativity, skills and health and well-being. There are plans to develop a partnership investment bid and REACH has been working with York City Council who endorse the strategic and activity plans and the pilot projects within them.

Working closely with the Council on the content of the plans will enable the partnership to start to develop a sustainable strategic infrastructure and some sustainable projects going forward.

One of REACH’s creative partners has created some brilliant artwork for them to start using on the website, in newsletters etc.

For more information and to join York LCEP, please contact Deborah Welch (deborah@weareive.org).

Who can join an LCEP?

Cultural education partners include:

  • Schools and networks of schools.
  • Youth and community organisations.
  • Local authorities.
  • Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations.
  • Other arts and cultural organisations.
  • Colleges and universities.
  • Music Education Hubs.
  • Museums.
  • Heritage organisations.
  • Libraries.
  • Film education organisations.
  • Voluntary sector organisations.
  • Other individuals in the arts and cultural sector.

For more information:

Please click the following link.

How can you get involved?

If you would like to find out how to get involved in your local cultural education partnership please email the appropriate Project Support Officer:

South Yorkshire: april@weareIVE.org 

West Yorkshire: SarahB@weareIVE.org

North Yorkshire, York and the Humber: sarahf@weareIVE.org

For background information on each of the local authority areas you can view our Yorkshire and the Humber area summaries of ACE Data Portal. 

Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability

We are IVE Ltd in our Arts Council England Bride role act as conveners of Local Cultural Education Partnerships across the Yorkshire & Humber area.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that any information or guidance provided is accurate and up to date we do not warrant, nor do we accept any liability or responsibility for the completeness or accuracy of the advice, or for any loss or consequential loss which may arise from the reliance on the information contained in it. We are not responsible for claims brought by third parties arising from your use of the guidance. It is advised that LCEP members use their own professional advisors before relying or acting on information provided by We are IVE.

We are IVE do not accept any liability or responsibility for LCEP organized events. Any LCEP events shall require each member to hold public liability insurance through their organisation to provide cover for all claims (including but not to the exclusion of) personal injury or damage to property claims.

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