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Leaders in Cultural Learning

Leading Cultural Learning in Thurrock: taking it to the next level

As part of Thurrock Trailblazer 16/17, we are excited to be able to offer a unique and advanced leadership training programme for senior leaders and Cultural Champions from Thurrock Trailblazer schools.

The programme has been developed with and is supported by Royal Opera House Bridge in response to the expressed need for a higher level of cultural leadership training.

Leaders in Cultural Learning (LiCL)

Previous participants developed the skills needed to:

  • Realize their whole school vision for cultural learning
  • Embed cultural learning strategies into school thinking, planning and action
  • Advocate for cultural learning at a strategic level
  • Collaborate to improve delivery of cultural learning across schools and Multi Academy Trusts
  • Mentor and support other colleagues to grow and develop in this field

Participants developed a change-focused case study as part of the programme, supported by group discussion, independent learning and one-to-one mentoring. The programme used a variety of interactive thinking tools and creative, dynamic practices to stimulate discussion and growth. Participants were also invited to participate in a number of optional interesting cultural activities.

LiCL is designed for Cultural Champions who:

  • Have participated in the Trailblazer Cultural Champion two-day cultural leadership training (or equivalent)
  • Are eager to extend their impact and influence, and are in a position to do so
  • Are committed to collaboration and to supporting colleagues across Thurrock to embed cultural learning in our schools

Course Leader

The course is designed and led by Katherine Zeserson. Katherine has been working in the field of cultural learning nationally and internationally for 35 years as a practitioner, trainer, senior leader and advocate; she believes passionately in the power of reflective artistic practice to inspire human development and build compassionate communities. The Royal Opera House started working with Katherine while she was Founding Director of Learning and Participation at Sage Gateshead. Her current work focusses on the links between strategy, practice and professional development in learning environments.