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Specialist cultural education leaders appointed for schools

Teachers have been appointed as specialist advisers to ensure pupils benefit from the best cultural education in schools across Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

The Ignite Teaching School Alliance led by Ormiston Venture Academy in Norfolk and The Kite Teaching School Alliance led by The Spinney Primary School in Cambridgeshire have signed up to the Culture and Arts Leaders for Schools and Academies (CALSA) initiative which has been developed by Festival Bridge.

The CALSA programme is part of Festival Bridge’s Arts Council England and Department for Education remit to build long term partnerships between education settings and arts and cultural organisations to ensure pupils and students across the region get the best possible cultural education.

It is also hoped the programme will support schools to apply for Artsmark, which is awarded by Arts council England to help schools deliver high quality arts and cultural education and the programme of Arts Award qualifications.
A total of ten teaching professionals (both heads and teachers) will be appointed as CALSAs to advise schools on embedding art and culture across the curriculum and how cultural education can support the development of pupils’ key skills as part of an initial pilot.

Michael Corley, Head of Bridge, said: “The aim of the programme is to build a community of middle and senior management teaching professionals across the region with the knowledge and schools to increase the number of schools across the region with an active commitment to cultural education.”

Beverley Jones is a former head of two secondary schools in Cambridge and has been appointed as CALSA programme developer, said: “Teaching Schools are experienced in leading and managing school-to-school support and the work of the Culture and Arts Leaders for Schools and Academies is intended to reflect many aspects of the work of Specialist Leaders of Education - a role defined by the Department for Education.”

The two Teaching Schools were selected by Festival Bridge for the pilot in areas where local councils have committed to improving the engagement of children and young people in arts and cultural experiences and activities through Cambridge City Council’s My Cambridge programme and Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s Great Yarmouth Cultural Heritage Partnership.

The 5 CALSAs who are attached to each of the two Teaching Schools will be available to advise colleagues across their assigned Teaching School network after a Festival Bridge induction programme this week (w/c November 2nd). 

The learning from the pilot will be shared with Teaching Schools across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Peterborough to generate a community of CALSA’s across the Festival Bridge region (Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Peterborough).

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