Cultural Leadership in Schools

The Cultural Leadership Community and AND Advocates

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 AND Advocate. AND Advocates act as leaders in cultural education within their own school and beyond, building networks and influencing other schools’ practice.

Find out more about our cultural leadership programmes

How to join

Applications to the Advocates programme have now closed. If you work in a school recently awarded Artsmark Platinum and would like to join the programme, please contact Laura Fuller.

Priority applications to the Cultural Leadership Community have also closed. General applications will open in September. If you would like to be considered for the Cultural Leadership Community 2018-19, please contact Laura Fuller.