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The Cultural Development Agency for the Isle of Wight
Workshop at Island Free School for Lift the Lid Project

Isle of Wight Cultural Education Partnership

The IW Cultural Education Partnership is a developing resource of local, regional and national creative individuals and organisations committed to working with the Island’s schools to nurture creative education for all young people. We aim to ensure that every child and young person has access to the highest quality cultural opportunities that directly contributes to the needs of schools and their communities.

IWCEP consults, hosts CPD events, delivers workshops, builds networks, advises, connects artists with schools and raises new investment for cultural activity. We encourage teachers to get in-touch to discuss their challenges and ambitions both to deliver the curriculum and extra-curricular activities.

Educators and cultural professionals alike can join our regular general meetings at which educators and cultural leaders network, share project updates and opportunities and discuss future plans and wider educational impacts. 

Creative Careers Week 2024 5th – 9th February 

This Pilot project of over 30 different events, working with 21 partners was created in response to research carried out with 25 Island schools. We have brought together a range of careers and industry professionals from on and off the Island, to provide a programme of events designed to educate, inspire and motivate young people to engage with creative careers at every stage of education and understand their potential. 

Creative industries are the UK’s fastest growing sector and account for 1 in 14 of all jobs across the UK economy, that’s over 3 million jobs! Yet schools are reporting that the creative sector appears underrepresented at careers events and misunderstood by young people and their families. 

Therefore, with this pilot project we hope to shine a light on, not only what jobs exist within the creative industries but what could be possible in pursuing a creative career, both off and on our Island. 

We acknowledge that this year, not all areas of creative careers will be covered and not all Island schools will have the opportunity to get involved but we aim to make ‘Future Creatives’ an annual, jam-packed week that grows year-on-year, to do justice to this vastly diverse sector. ALL events are offered FREE thanks to Arts Council England.

Creative Approaches to KS2 Geography – Cross curricular project

The IWCEP is working with 3 Island schools; Barton, Summerfields and Yarmouth and Freshwater Primaries and 4 Cultural Partners; The New Carnival Company, StoneCrabs Theatre, IW Music Hub and Museums and Schools, to develop and deliver an innovative Geography curriculum. The focus of this project is to ensure the work is fully collaborative, in order to produce a resource that can be embedded and adapted for years to come. With collaborative planning well underway, delivery of this pilot project will take place in January and February 2024. 

The key aims of the project are: 

  • Delivering the Geography curriculum through different creative approaches.
  • Enhancing pupil engagement through varied learning styles
  • Improved understanding of Geography Curriculum, measured through teacher assessments and pupil feedback.
  • Supporting classroom teachers to embed new creative approaches to teaching
  • Working closely with teachers to ensure sessions enhance learning outcomes
  • Improve skills, knowledge and confidence of teachers in delivering a diverse, creative curriculum.
  • Developing a sense of place for YP both locally and in the wider world – In particular Zaporizhzhia in the Ukraine.
  • To develop a creative curriculum that can be used year-on-year
  • Provide young people with a Discover Arts Award.

Laura Bosworth, Education Visits Officer, English Heritage, Isle of Wight and Hampshire, says,

“The Isle of Wight Cultural Education Partnership supports children and young people to fulfil their creative potential and access high-quality cultural experiences where they live, where they go to school, and where they spend their free time.

“Partners come together from across sectors, responding to local needs and interests, to drive a more joined-up cultural education offer, share resources, and improve the visibility of cultural education in their local area. We have also been able to raise awareness of the way we, as local organisations, can enrich and enhance the curriculum offer.”

Spencer Brown, (former) Education Officer, Brading Roman Villa, said,

“Against the context of the Ofsted requirement for schools to demonstrate how they are building cultural capital the Isle of Wight Cultural Education Partnership has been an invaluable tool in linking schools (who need to access heritage) with museums (who provide cultural capital).

“The transition project has significantly strengthened the partnership and as a direct consequence Brading Roman Villa has benefited greater profile and interaction with our local schools.”