Category: Children and Young People

MaxLiteracy – An opportunity for schools, galleries, museums & visual arts venues

Galleries, museums and visual arts venues in England are invited to submit proposals to host MaxLiteracy 2018-19, supported by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust, which will grant three venues an Award of £7,000 to support a dedicated programme of creative writing and literacy work with schools.

The aims of the Awards are:

 – For a creative writer to work with a school and a gallery/art museum/visual arts venue on a creative writing or literacy project, exploring the Venue’s collections, displays or building

 – For a creative writing resource to be developed by the venue, Creative Writer, National Association of Writers in Education and with the school on using creative writing to explore the venue’s collections, displays or building

 – For these resources to be shared with the arts and education sectors in order to encourage the greater use of galleries/art museums/visual arts venues by schools for creative writing and literacy work

Applications are invited from galleries, art museums and visual arts venues in England. Experience working with creative writers and schools is welcomed but not essential, and those venues with less experience are encouraged to use this opportunity to develop work in this area.

The deadline to apply is 10am on Monday 2 July 2018. Further information including application documents is available on their website.


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From the Cultural Learning Alliance:

Volunteers from the creative industries are needed to work with schools and we need schools to understand the range of jobs in the creative sector, and the qualifications and skills young people need to develop to work in them. It is vitally important that young people study arts subjects so they can progress in to creative careers.

Employment in the creative sector has grown 25% since 2011, and one in 11 jobs are in the creative economy. In 2016, the sector contributed £91.8bn gross value added (GVA) to the economy –  bigger than the automotive, life sciences, aerospace, oil and gas sectors combined.

Find out more on the Careers and Enterprise Company’s website or get in touch with your local LEP. As a guide for how much time you would need to volunteer we are told being an Enterprise Advisor takes less time than being a school governor.

First World War Special Edition Arts Award


Since 2014, schools, museums, arts and community groups have been working together on creative projects to commemorate the First World War (FWW).

Trinity College have worked with the First World War Centenary Partnership, led by IWM (Imperial War Museums) to design a special edition Arts Award to support accreditation of your projects.

Until the end of 2018 children and young people have the opportunity to achieve a First World War Special Edition Arts Award certificate if they have worked with creative projects to commemorate the First World War centenary for their Arts Award.

Advisers can request to receive Special Edition certificates when making a moderation booking for Explore through to Gold, or placing an order for Discover certificates. To find out more see these guidelines on booking FWW Special Edition moderations or ordering certificates.

First World War Case Studies

  • There are many ways in which young people can respond to the First World War to help them achieve the Special Edition Arts Award certificate.
  • Young people from Great Yarmouth library researched how the FWW affacted their local area and used what they discovered to create films that have been shown across the county!
  • Students at Carre’s Grammar School took inspiration from Paul Cummins’ installation of cermaic poppies at the Tower of London, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, and Michael Morpurgo’s The Butterfly Lion for their First World War Special Edition Arts Awards.
  • Gunnersbury Park Museum is a local history museum in Hounslow, London. The museum learning team ran a week long Arts Award Explore summer holiday project during which children found out about the First World War through objects in the collection and the wartime experiences of local resident Major Frederick Sadler.  You can read about the project in this case study.
  • Pupils from Brookfield Community Primary School visited Lancashire Infantry Museum and the Museum of Lancashire for a workshop that included discovering what life was like for conscripted soldiers going into the trenches. They used this as inspiration for creative work back at school for Arts Award Explore. Watch a film of their immersive First World War experience here.
  • At the British Postal Museum and Archive, students from Haverstock School in Camden wrote poems inspired by the First World War objects and stories in the BPMA collection. Find out more here.

Here are a some more ideas to get you started:

  • Use art work produced during the FWW, or in response to it, as the starting point for new work: paintings, songs, poems, novels, photographs, trench art, posters, postcards – and more.
  • Find out about the people involved in the war and their stories – this could be a family member, your local community or internationally well-known figures. Re-tell these stories in writing, performance, pictures – whatever art form works for you and the children and young people you are working with.
  • Take an object as the starting point: find out what kind of person would have worn a uniform, imagine the story of a piece of military equipment or flag, tell the story of a domestic object, like a sock, from being knitted at home to being worn at the front
Tameside Council and The Lowry, Salford, supported by Curious Minds in association with the National Theatre, have created a War Horse Arts Award Explore arts logs which can be used as part of FWW projects – find out more here.
If you would like advice on how your FWW project fits with Arts Award, get in touch at or call 020 7820 6178.

Between Spaces – Museum and cultural interventions for young people in adolescent mental health care inpatient settings

UCL Museums and Collections need your help!

Working with researchers at the UCL Institute of Education we are carrying out scoping exercise on museum interventions with young in adolescent mental health care inpatient settings. The aim of this small scale research exercise is to better understand young people’s experiences, the potential impact these interventions have as well as the experiences of museum practitioners.

Have you worked in these settings or on projects with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services?

If you have we would like to hear about your experiences. Please drop Dean Veall an email on

New Report – “Young people, youth organisations and galleries: working as allies to spark change”

Copyright Anna Budrys

Copyright Anna Budrys

What role can galleries and museums play in young people’s lives?

How can arts and youth organisations form partnerships to harness each other’s expertise?

Through Circuit, 10 galleries across England and Wales worked with over 50 youth organisations to improve access to the opportunities that galleries offer, to a greater range of young people. Circuit tested new forms of partnership between cultural and youth organisations, and highlighted the importance of the arts and youth sectors working as allies for the benefit of young people.

Copyright Ilona Sagar

Copyright Ilona Sagar

  • Read our report and research:

Explore challenges and solutions relating to work with and for young people, that emerged from four years of research from Circuit.

  • See the new documentary:

Make Your Place – a portrait of changing futures

Follow the lives of four young people around the country, and the challenges they face in today’s society as they seek opportunities to shape their futures.

Watch the film at

and download the free report at

 Provoke conversation, collaboration and action to champion work with young people and their cultural participation in galleries and museums.

Contact us:

Freedom to Explore Conference:  Engaging under 5s in museums and heritage spaces

Tuesday 12 September, Hull City Hall
09.30 to 16:30

Aimed at all those working within museums, galleries and other cultural and heritage organisations, this diverse and inspiring programme will feature key note speakers, research presentation, panel discussions, case studies and a range of workshops. Topics covered will include:

  • The value of experiencing culture
  • Understanding how under 5s experience spaces
  • Innovative interventions on a small budget
  • Developing and engaging audiences
  • Planning a visit for Early Years
  • Accessibility

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from existing sector expertise, to share ideas, network and to find out how you can develop, engage and inspire tomorrow’s audience, today.

Full information and booking details are at here.

Any queries can be directed to

Child Protection & Safeguarding: in the arts and cultural sectors

Thursday 12th October 2017
HOME, Manchester
10:00 – 16:15

The Course:

Of benefit to individuals and organisations looking to update their understanding of child protection legislation and best practice, this course provides a full update on current child protection legislation, including the Disclosure and Barring service, the Duty to Refer and Working Together.

The day will provide practical advice to help you develop sensible structures and build confidence around child protection issues, within the context of developing and delivering creative and cultural projects for children and young people.  The course also includes a “safe touch” section, exploring how child protection guidelines can be maintained within more physical art forms. 

Ideal for:

  • Anyone working in the arts and cultural sectors with children and young people

You will gain:

  • An update on current child protection legislation and best practice
  • Information on the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), and how to handle disclosure
  • Ideas for developing child protection policies
  • Safe Touch – information on how child protection guidelines can be maintained within more physical art forms

Course cost:

The course costs £130. The day includes lunch, refreshments and a certificate of attendance for each delegate. English National Youth Arts Network members receive 10% discount on spaces. Membership is FREE – sign up here.

Book your place online here or contact / 02380 332491


Fostering Creativity in Children and Young People Through Education and Culture

Monday 4th – Tuesday 5th September
Durham University

The OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) and Durham University are hosting an international conference to discuss innovative approaches to equip young people with the creative skills required by tomorrow’s societies and strategies for scaling up and embedding innovations around creativity in education and culture. 

The conference builds on ongoing CERI work to improve our understanding of how creativity skills can be visibly and tangibly articulated by teachers, students and policy makers, and learnt and assessed as part of the curriculum. The meeting aims to bring together two types of practices around creativity: pedagogical practices in formal education, and cultural practices in out-of-school education or through partnerships between cultural agencies and schools.

This conference will bring together international speakers from the education world; from practicing teachers to academics in higher education institutions globally, alongside practitioners from within the cultural sector. Its format will be highly interactive, emphasising breakout sessions for discussion and exchange, and will mainly focus on practice.

To register your attendance please click here.

List Your Museum For Free With ‘Get Kids Out Learning’

A new online initiative called ‘Get Kids Out Learning!’ by Tutora is an easy way for families to find fun, local days out which still provide great learning and educational opportunities and they are actively encouraging independent museums and heritage sites to sign up to the website for free.

Teen Twitter Takeover Day

From Kids in Museums:

Log on to Twitter on Friday 11 August and you’ll find it full of young people’s voices as cultural and heritage sites across the UK have their social media accounts taken over for Teen Twitter Takeover. Will your organisation be joining in?

You can use our Twitter factsheet and Tweetsheet to help you plan and gain tips on how to take part as well as our So Where Do We Find Young People? factsheet to help you find a group to work with. 

Teen Twitter Takeover is a perfect way to get young people involved with your venue and can be used a springboard into a wider project for Takeover Day, taking place on 17 November 2017.

It’s great fun, a brilliant profile-raising activity and will help organisations understand their young visitors better enabling staff from different departments to work together.

See what happened in 2016 by reading the Storify here and in 2015 by clicking here.

Already have plans to take part? Register here!

Want to know more? Visit our website.