Cultural Education: Planning Toolkit

Key mapping and evaluating tools help your school, museum, arts venue or library plan a world class cultural education. Here's how.

We have mapped every accredited Artsmark school, Arts Award Centre & Supporter, every major partner or accredited museum, all our Music Education Hubs and National Portfolio Organisations in the East Midlands so you can now drill down and find who is part of the region’s rich cultural education network where you live or work.

So for every organisation that is now planning to provide a cultural education for children and young people in the East Midlands, there are now three key steps available to you - all free, all straight forward - to make sure that

1. You know who to work with

Our new mapping tools allows you to drill down at street by street level to know where those organisations who are alive, agile to the prospect of providing a world-class cultural education. The network is wider and richer than you might imagine and we have maps that cover the region and every county so:

  • If you are a school - our maps identify the museums, libraries, arts venues, Cultural Education Partnerships and Music Education Hubs who have demonstrated their commitment to cultural education either through being Arts Award Centres or Supporters or through their work with Arts Council England. They are all keen to help you provide a cultural education to your pupils.
  • If you are an arts organisation, library or museum - who are keen to make sure your audiences and visitors include children and young people, you can identify which schools have made providing an outstanding cultural education a priority and which other organisations and partnerships operate locally who you could work in partnership to provide a curriculum targeted offer. This includes the region’s 8 Cultural Education Partnerships, whose purpose is to ensure that children and young people benefit from a co-ordinated, place based cross sector cultural education.

It's simple to use. The '+' or '-' tabs in the top left corner allows you to zoom in to street level and out across the region. The bullet point symbol in the pink title box is the key, and the paper filing symbol allows you to filter what you are seeing on the map according to the key's classification. Click on any symbol on the map and you get the contact details of the organisation.

2. You know where to work

Arts Council England’s Cultural Education Data Portal aims to bring together and provide easy access to a wide variety of data sources relating to children and young people, demographics, art, culture and education. The data portal to help support evidence-based planning at a local level, paint a picture of strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for a high-quality cultural offer, or simply to gather data and evidence to support funding bids.

3. You work to achieve the right impact

Our Collective Outcomes Tool is a simple method of collecting quantitative data to build a picture of the impact arts and cultural organisations are having on children and young people’s cultural education. The Collective Outcomes Tool will help us to understand if we achieving our mission and overcoming inequality of opportunity for children and young people’s cultural education.

This simple data tool, in the form of an excel spreadsheet, is for arts and cultural organisations who are working with schools. The data will be used to produce impact statements about cultural education activity across the East Midlands, demonstrating the collective breadth of activity and impact - benefiting the sector through gaining insight on activity. The project's report is also available.


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