Cultural Education Partnerships

A New Direction supports Local Cultural Education Partnerships in London

Cultural Education Partnerships are cross-sector, strategic partnerships that work together to unite and improve cultural education for children and young people in their local area.

Cultural Education Partnerships are forming across England in response to the national, Arts Council driven Cultural Education Challenge.

The Cultural Education Challenge calls for art and cultural organisations, educational institutions and local authorities to come together to drive a joined-up art and cultural offer locally, to share resources and bring about a more coherent and visible delivery of high-quality cultural education for all children and young people.

Every Cultural Education Partnership is different – they are locally driven, rooted in the specific challenges and opportunities for their place. However, what they all have in common is that they are cross-sector strategic groups working together to focus on the key issues for cultural education in their place and aiming to make a long-term and sustainable impact.

By 2020, the Arts Council aims to establish at least 50 Cultural Education Partnerships nationally, to improve the alignment of cultural education for young people, in places where this is most needed. They will be modelled on the three successful pilots of local Cultural Education Partnerships in Great Yarmouth, Bristol and Barking & Dagenham.