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Leaders in Cultural Learning

In 2016/17 Royal Opera House Bridge is piloting three Leaders in Cultural Learning (LiCL) programmes across the Bridge region.

These programmes will focus on change leadership and are aimed at middle and senior leaders in schools and leaders in the education sector. They will strengthen the ability of experienced educators to lead cultural learning in their school or in a community of schools, and be an advocate for the benefits of cultural learning more widely.

While the three programmes will vary, participants will work on developing the skills needed to:

  • Realize your 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
  • Mentor and support other colleagues to grow and develop in this field

The three programmes are in:

  • Bedford (led by the Pilgrim Teaching School Alliance)
  • Thurrock (as part of Thurrock Trailblazer)
  • ‘Test Bed 3’ will invite education leaders from across the region (currently in development by Dr Ceri Gorton and Hannah Bird)

The Professional Development of Teachers as Leaders in Cultural Education emerged in response to Darren Henley’s (2014) recommendations in his review of Cultural Education. His findings suggest that Bridge organizations are best placed to support cultural organizations and schools foster collaborative working practices to deliver quality Cultural Education to children and young people.