Cultural Leadership in Schools

Our Cultural Leadership Community and Advocates programmes support teachers to take a leading role in cultural education in London

A New Direction’s cultural leadership in schools programme offers CPD for teachers and middle leaders who want to take a leading role in ensuring that all young Londoners have access to the arts and culture in their educational lives.

Co-delivered with award-winning cultural producers and facilitators, Nimble Fish, this free programme develops participants’ leadership skills, and their understanding of the impact and importance of cultural education on a London-wide, national and international level, as well as connecting them with a network of like-minded peers to share practice and ideas and grapple with the challenges schools face around cultural education.

Programme structure

The Cultural Leadership Community focuses on leadership development through CPD sessions and the creation of a personal action plan, linked to each participant’s professional development plans and performance management goals. The final session of the programme is centred on participants sharing their achievements.

Participants who successfully complete the Cultural Leadership Community programme, or who work in Artsmark Platinum schools, are eligible to apply to become an A New Direction Advocate. Advocates act as leaders in cultural education within their own school and beyond, building networks and influencing other schools’ practice.

Meet our Advocates

Register your interest

Applications for both programmes are now closed. However, if you are interested in taking part in next year's cohort, please email Laura Fuller to register your interest.

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Find out more about our cultural leadership programmes