Our aim is to ensure every child and young person in the city has a broad range of arts and cultural experiences that leads to a life-long engagement with creativity and the arts.
The Cultural Rucksack draws together inspirational arts experiences, devised jointly by teachers, schools, local venues and creative organisations to align with the school curriculum/calendar and meet the needs, aspirations and interests of young people. It also celebrates the rich heritage and cultural diversity of Nottingham, ensuring young people grow up feeling connected to and valued by their city.
The Cultural Rucksack represents the school’s engagement work of ChalleNGe, Nottingham’s Cultural Education Partnership. ChalleNGe is a city-wide partnership of arts and heritage professionals, creative practitioners, teachers, youth leaders and young people who collaborate to make things happen – ensuring children and young people of all backgrounds living in Nottingham engage in arts and culture, whether at home, in the community or at school.
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We would like to invite all Nottingham City schools and arts partners to commit themselves to the Cultural Rucksack and sign up to the statements below:
Join the next Cultural Rucksack TeachMeet on Monday 14th June, 3.45-5.00pm.
It's a regular meeting for teachers from Nottingham City schools and Nottingham's arts organisations to help shape the development and delivery of the Cultural Rucksack.
1. We are working towards embedding arts, creativity and cultural education within and across our curriculum.
2. We actively promote a broad range of creative experiences for all our pupils. This is part of our school ethos and is reflected in our vision and values statements.
3. Our curriculum reflects the rich diversity and cultural heritage of Nottingham.
4. We use our arts and cultural programme to strengthen connections to our local community.
5. We value the opportunity to work with a range of external arts and cultural providers and professionals across the City and will develop an in-depth engagement with at least one provider over a period of time.
6. We will engage with the arts and cultural support hubs across the City.
7. We have identified a staff member/team to take the lead on our arts and cultural curriculum and to be an ambassador(s) for culture and the arts throughout the school.
8. Staff have access to professional development opportunities to support arts and cultural teaching and provision.
9. We provide the opportunity for our pupils to reflect on their arts, culture and creativity experiences to influence future planning.
10. We actively share our commitment to arts and cultural education to our pupils and wider school community.
1. We have identified a clear ‘core’ offer, available to schools on a consistent basis, that allows teachers to plan in advance and integrate the offer into their curriculum.
2. We have identified a staff member/team who will lead our work and communication with schools.
3. We work collaboratively with other providers to share knowledge and highlight arts and cultural opportunities for Nottingham schools, including offers that complement our own.
4. We will explore and develop longer-term partnerships with schools to support progression in teaching for creativity and the arts and cultural curriculum.
5. We will work with schools to support professional development of staff in both the education and arts and cultural sectors.
6. Where appropriate we will highlight employment opportunities and pathways into the Creative Industries when working with pupils.
7. We are a member of the ChalleNGe Operations Group and will provide ChalleNGe with regular updates on our offers for schools.
8. We will ensure that our entry onto Nottingham’s Cultural Map is up to date.
9. We explore the opportunities available through the Artsmark Partnership Programme
Watch the second Teacher's Cultural Rucksack Meeting that took place on Tuesday 9th March.
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