LCEP - Local Cultural Education Partnerships
Leadership, Equity and Creativity Symposium
Extract from Lizzie Crump's Blog - 12 July 2022
Lizzie Crump was recently invited by three Bridge Organisations: The Royal Opera House Bridge, Artswork, and Norfolk and Norwich Festival to chair a symposium focussing on Leadership, Equity and Creativity for school leaders at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden - read her roundup here.
On 27 June 2022 we participated in a number of workshops, heard from some inspirational speakers, learned about strategic direction from the Minister for the Arts, and advocated for arts, creativity and cultural learning to a range of policy makers and funders. These included representatives from the Department of Education, the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and Arts Council England.
During the event we were joined by Lord Parkinson, Minister for the Arts, who set out the government’s vision for cultural education. He referenced the newly published National Plan for Music Education and stated that he wanted to see the arts and culture placed at the heart of every child’s learning. He spoke about the recent Education White Paper and the pledge for the government to create a National Cultural Education Plan over the coming months.
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Local Cultural Education Partnership
Local Cultural Education Partnerships (LCEP) were launched by Arts Council England in October 2015 to help meet the Cultural Education Challenge.
LCEPs are innovative partnerships between cultural providers, educational institutions and local authorities that aim to join-up and improve cultural education provision for children and young people in their town, city, county or region.
Cultural Education Partnerships are flexible and are able respond to local needs and circumstances. To be effective, they should comprise as wide a range as possible of arts, cultural and heritage providers, music education hubs, schools, and higher education institutions, local authorities – and employers. They take the long view, planning for the future and seeking to make sustainable change in their communities.
What is Royal Opera House Bridge’s role?
Royal Opera House Bridge will broker and convene each LCEP in the first phases, supporting the partnership to determine need, set goals and aims and establish a governance structure. We have a limited amount of funding available to support LCEPs in the development of their structures.
Whilst we will hope to retain a strategic overview of partnerships in our role as Bridge, ultimately we will step back from delivery, allowing LCEPs to grow, develop and thrive as cultural leaders in their areas.
There are currently nine LCEPs working or in development in the ROH Bridge region: Bedford, Braintree, Colchester, Hertfordshire, Isle of Sheppey, Luton, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.
For more information please visit the Royal Opera House website: