Supporting creative & cultural partnerships – Arts Award’s commitment to Local Cultural Education Partnerships
BY: Annabel Thomas
28 Jun 2021
At Arts Award we love working in partnership. We are always seeing great examples of schools and arts organisations working together to create great projects, and advisers often tell us that one of the things they love about Arts Award is that it can help to make this sort of partnership working just that bit easier.
Some of the best partnerships in England are the Local Cultural Education Partnerships (LCEPs). LCEPs began as a pilot in 2014, in response to the Cultural Education Challenge. Since then, over 90 LCEPs have emerged, supported by their local Arts Council Bridge Organisation. As each part of the country has different needs, each LCEP is unique in their formation and priorities, although all LCEPs have some common themes and aims such as:
- Embedding Arts and Culture into wider community agendas
- Capacity building in schools
- Developing strategic partnerships
- Ensuring diversity and inclusion has been considered
Arts Award can help with many of these aims – and our dedicated webpage for LCEPs explores this in more detail. We are keen that we are a supportive and encouraging partner for LCEPs, helping them to broker links and relationships between schools and arts organisations, as well as embedding arts progression, recognition and enjoyment for children and young people into all aspects of their work.
Our LCEP programme, created in partnership and through conversations with LCEPs nationwide, aims to not only provide dedicated support to individual LCEPs, but also a forum for LCEPs to come together, debate topics of interest and to network with other LCEP members. Through a free programme of online networking events, we’ll be sparking conversations about Arts Award leadership as part of the LCEP structure and how Arts Award can support an LCEP’s Story of Change. We will explore the best ways to advocate for Arts Award when working in partnership with schools, and how to approach a place-based delivery model with members of LCEPs across towns and cities.
Talking with you was hugely useful - hearing what other CEPs are doing with Arts Awards and about particular focuses and studies that Trinity had done. We are pursuing the introduction of Arts Award into PGCE courses as a result, and have developed our Arts Award strategy going forward.
We hope that this is an exciting and interesting opportunity for any member of any LCEP – and we hope to see you at our next networking event! Upcoming sessions and dates are:
- Embedding Arts Award into your work with schools, Tuesday 20 July 2021, 4pm
Understanding how Arts Award fits within today's education landscape and being able to advocate for the award across your partnership work with schools, from curriculum learning to enrichment activities.
- National LCEP Network Event - Taking Stock and Looking Forward, Tuesday 28 September 2021, 4pm
At the new start to the academic year, we'll be exploring how Arts Award can remain relevant to the needs of CEPs as they evolve to meet the ACE Let's Create strategy.
- Place-based CEP work, Tuesday 23 November 2021, 4pm
Be inspired by local approaches to embracing Arts Award. Creating supportive Arts Award networks across your geography and encouraging local partners to get on board.
And if you would like to explore having a dedicated session for your LCEP, you can request this (for free!) here: