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Cultural Connections for Education Settings
in North West England

The Culture Hub is a free-to-use online portal for teachers, childcare providers and other professionals working with children and young people. It aims to help you take on the Cultural Education Challenge and by connecting you with the expertise and variety on offer within our region's rich and vibrant arts, culture and heritage sectors.


The Cultural Education Challenge

The Cultural Education Challenge is a call-to-action. It asks all education settings and cultural organisations to work together more effectively, in order to offer a consistently high-quality arts education to all children.

The Culture Hub is brought to you by Curious Minds, a charity working to drive access to creative and cultural education, by creating the conditions where quality, collaboration can flourish.

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For Schools, Colleges, Nurseries and Childminders

Demonstrate your commitment to high quality arts and cultural education for all young people by signing-up to the Cultural Education Challenge. Your setting will be listed on our website as a Culture School and you can use the free online profile to track your Challenge journey, mark accomplishments and highlight meaningful partnerships by collecting virtual ‘badges’ and submitting reviews. There’s even a widget to display on your website.


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For Cultural Providers

Register to create a free online profile for your organisation. Make the most of your listing to share information, images, videos and resources that truly reflect how you work with schools and young people, as well as uploading your forthcoming events, offers and latest news. You can also link with relevant Local Partnerships.

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Regional Culture in the North West

The Cultural Education Challenge asks all art and cultural providers, education and childcare settings and other local agencies to come together and work in partnership, to drive a joined-up local cultural education offer for children and young people.

In many areas of the North West, local partnerships have already been established, bringing together passionate and committed people from a wide range of organisations - across heritage and culture, education, youth sector, local government and the creative industries - whose local knowledge and professional expertise is helping to drive forward the cultural education agenda and improve opportunities for children and young people.

Even in areas of the North West which do not yet have a formally established partnership, there’s still plenty of great cultural education work happening that you can connect with.

See what's happening in your local area by navigating the maps below or visit the Local Partnerships page.

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What's happening now in the North West

Performing Arts Specialist: Greater Manchester vacancies

Posted: 12/04/2021 by Artis Foundation

Artis are looking for performing arts specialists to join our team in and around Manchester from September 2021.

HALLÉ FOR YOUTH 2021, ONCE UPON A TIME… FREE online concert for Primary Schools

Posted: 12/03/2021 by Hallé Connect

HALLÉ FOR YOUTH 2021, ONCE UPON A TIME… The Hallé is delighted to offer an online concert for Primary Schools Available FREE on YouTube from April 2021.


Posted: 12/03/2021 by Hallé Connect

HALLÉ YOUTH ENSEMBLES: OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS We are now welcoming applications for the 2021-22 season of the Hallé Youth Orchestra, Youth Choir, Youth Training Choir and Children’s Choir! Application deadline: Monday 7 June 2021

Recovery Learning: Pass the Baton

Posted: 06/03/2021 by Curious Minds

Curious Minds’ CEO, Derri Burdon, has published and open letter to Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Education about recovery learning this summer. Read the letter and add your signature! #PassTheBaton

Discover Petrichor: Teachers Event

Posted: 03/03/2021 by ThickSkin

On Thursday 11 March we're holding an online behind the scenes event for teachers to get a taste of our Discover Bundle and get a glimpse into how Petrichor was made.

Great Science Share Webcasts

Posted: 21/01/2021 by Fascinate UoM

Explore FREE, tailored, expert-led science CPD for educators with the Great Science Share for Schools!

Currently there are no briefs in this region

Your Planet, Your Questions

Posted: 30/03/2021 by Fascinate UoM
Dates: 15/06/2021 - 15/06/2021

A Great Science Share for Schools event with the Royal Society and Professor Brian Cox. What do you want to know about climate change? Teachers of 4-16 year olds, register now and find out how to submit your students' questions to the expert panel.

HALLÉ FOR YOUTH 2021, ONCE UPON A TIME… FREE online concert for Primary Schools

Posted: 17/03/2021 by Hallé Connect
Dates: 12/04/2021 - 31/07/2021

Ravel's Mother Goose Suite performed by the world famous Hallé, introduced by Tom Redmond and presented by members of the orchestra.


Posted: 03/03/2021 by ThickSkin
Dates: 01/11/2020 - 01/12/2021

A new dance theatre piece filmed in 360° immersive VR. Available to be watched with students via our Discover Bundle. ‘gripping, immersive VR viewing’**** The Guardian

Music in the Outdoors - Sally-Anne Brown

Posted: 11/01/2021 by Note Weavers
Dates: 09/05/2021 - 09/05/2021

Ideas and resources for music activities in the outdoors with young children. In this session Sally-Anne will be looking at how to prepare outside spaces for a music session from fields to concrete playground.

Connecting Threads

Posted: 15/12/2020 by Note Weavers
Dates: 14/01/2021 - 15/12/2021

Monthly free network meetings for early years music practitioners across the North West to connect, share ideas and discuss practice. Come, join the conversation and connect with other practitioners across the region

Schooltime Showtime

Posted: 15/10/2020 by Carrot Productions
Dates: 15/10/2020 - 31/12/2021

Guarantee a wonderful experience for your pupils with Schooltime Showtime - a complete package of video and interactive resources giving you everything you need to deliver the magic of a Christmas outing safely in the heart of your school.

Cultural Learning Alliance

Curious Minds is an active member of the Cultural Learning Alliance. By signing-up to the Cultural Learning Alliance, either as an individual or organisation, you can help to champion the message that cultural learning can make a big difference to a child’s life experience and will receive the latest news and comment on cultural learning policy and practice.

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