Tagged: Education

Cultural Learning Fund 2017

The Education Endowment Foundation are partnering with the Royal Society of Arts to evaluate cultural learning approaches. Cultural learning activities involve learning about culture and through culture. Usually involving collaboration between schools and arts and cultural organisations, they cover a wide range of artistic practice and offer opportunities to visit venues, see performances and exhibitions as well as learn through practical activity. Applications close 15 February Cultural Learning Fund 2017


Job Opportunity: Museums Sheffield

Learning Deliverer (Weston Park Museum)
Salary: £10.40p/h, casual contract

We are looking for enthusiastic, committed and reliable people to join our Learning Team on a casual basis, to deliver learning sessions, mainly focussed at Weston Park Museum. These casual Learning Deliverer posts have been newly created to increase capacity to offer even more exceptional learning experiences across our museums and galleries.

Museums Sheffield is the charitable trust responsible for the Millennium Gallery, Graves Gallery and Weston Park Museum. We showcase the best in art & design, celebrate Sheffield’s rich heritage and care for the city’s diverse collections.

We are looking for people who are committed to excellent customer service and are able to deliver (with initial training and support) a range of exciting and hands-on workshops for a variety of audiences including primary schools, children and families.

The ideal candidates will work well independently but also within a team; have excellent communication skills as well as experience of planning and delivering a range of learning sessions. This role is offered on an as-and-when required basis.

Closing date: Monday 8 August 2016 (noon).

Interviews will take place week commencing 5 September 2016.

Apply online at  www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/about/working-with-us

or for more information contact sue.wheeler@museums-sheffield.org.uk / 0114 2782620

Please do not send CVs

Whose Art? Our Art! Access and Activism in Gallery Education

The 2016 engage International Conference
Liverpool Hope University and venues across Liverpool
13th – 14th October

The engage International Conference 2016 will explore how issues of access and activism impact on gallery and visual arts approaches to education and outreach. Taking place in Liverpool, a city renowned for its radicalism and creativity, at the time of the Liverpool Biennial, this year’s Conference programme will have a strong focus on arts activism – how it has changed not only society’s response to art, but also how it has irrevocably altered the way in which the arts world now engages with society at large.

Full details at:  www.engage.org/Conf16info.aspx

Job Opportunity – Saddleworth Museum

Full-time post 35hrs per week for 3 years
Salary – £17,500 per annum
Job Description for Learning Officer at Saddleworth Museum

Saddleworth Museum is an independent museum run by a trust as a registered charity and recently had its 50th birthday. A charge is made for entry to the museum and it has a shop. There are many cafes and bars nearby. It stands in a historic and beautiful location beside the Huddersfield Canal in the village of Uppermill, nestled in the hills in the middle of the area known as Saddleworth, an old Yorkshire Parish with its own identity made up of the villages of Delph, Diggle, Dobcross, Denshaw, Greenfield and Uppermill – which is a busy thriving village with a strong community and many visitors. The museum tells the story of the people who have created Saddleworth’s landscape and character. The collections include archaeology, social and industrial history and a significant local art collection. There is also an archive and art, photography and crafts exhibitions are frequently held.

Job shares are welcome – applicants wishing to share the post must apply jointly and explain how they will share the work. 

The Learning Officer will support the delivery of a 3 year HLF funded Activity Plan at Saddleworth Museum. The museum is currently being completely remodelled, refurbished and fitted out with new interpretation. It will reopen to the public in the summer of 2016.

The position which will bring a new range of activities into the museum has three key strands:

  • recruiting and organising training for volunteers;
  • planning and delivering formal and informal learning activities and events with the Museum Curator;
  • providing informal learning and activities with volunteers which are aimed at a wide audience.

During the first six months, the focus will be on recruiting and organising training for volunteers although there will also be activities delivery. Over the rest of the period of employment the post holder will continue to sustain volunteer numbers and support volunteers in delivering activities and events, as well as contributing to marketing and other activities within the museum. There is already an enthusiastic, friendly and capable group of active volunteers who are fully engaged with the project and who will welcome new recruits from a wider range of people. The Activity and Interpretation Plan which was prepared as part of the HLF development work on the project outlines the activities and also sets targets for the project’s evaluation. There is only one professional member of staff currently in post. This is the Museum Curator who reports to the museum trustees. The Learning Officer will report to the Museum Curator. The museum has a great atmosphere and there is a very cooperative relationship between trustees the Museum Curator and the volunteers.

The post holder may be required to work some weekends and bank holidays and will be given time off in lieu.

The salary will be £17,500 per annum. Standard terms and conditions of employment will apply.

Key Responsibilities, Duties, and Tasks:

  • Recruiting volunteers using existing or new role descriptions
  • Providing, organising or buying in training for volunteers
  • Ensuring that appropriate standards of health and safety are in place and that DBS checks have been carried out
  • Recruiting participants for the different activities
  • Planning the delivery of the activities with different target audience groups
  • Planning and delivering workshops for school groups
  • Maintaining contact with project partners and developing relationships with new partners
  • Promoting the different activities and volunteering opportunities
  • Contributing to marketing of activities and the site as a whole
  • Contributing to the preparation of reports for trustees and HLF payment request
  • Contributing to the evaluation of the project for HLF on its completion

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training:

It is essential that the post holder has:

  • A degree or equivalent qualification or experience in a relevant discipline to the post
  • Evidence of appropriate continuing professional development

It is desirable that the post holder has:

  • A professional qualification relevant to heritage or teaching and or experience of working with young people and community or voluntary projects 


The successful candidate will demonstrate experience in working with volunteers and learning delivery. They will be confident in working with partner organisations. They will need to be collaborative, well organised and able to plan ahead, manage modest budgets and meet deadlines.

It is essential that the post holder has:

  • Experience of working co-operatively with a broad range of internal and external contacts and groups.
  • Experience or knowledge of working with volunteers
  • Knowledge of or interest in history

Skills and Abilities:

It is essential that the post holder has:

  • Ability to plan and deliver activities
  • Ability to feed evaluation into future planning
  • Ability to manage modest budgets
  • Strong networking abilities
  • Well-developed inter-personal skills
  • The ability to act proactively, use initiative and be self-motivated
  • Strong communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills


Interested applicants can receive a copy of the Activity and Interpretation plan by emailing Laura@headlanddesign.co.uk

The closing date for applications is 25th February 2016.
To apply please send your CV and a letter explaining why you think you are the best candidate for this post to

If you want to discuss the post call Rosemary Allen on 07966 245216

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on 15th March 2016, by a panel made up of the Museum Curator, the Project Manager for the HLF delivery project, the Chair of the trustees and a volunteer.

The post will begin as soon as convenient to the successful candidate. Initially the post will be located in Portacabin outside of the museum whilst work on the building is completed.

Tender Opportunity: Cumbria Museum Consortium

Children and Young People 2016 – 2018

Who we are

The Cumbria Museum Consortium (CMC) is comprised of Tullie House Museum Trust, Lakeland Arts and Wordsworth Trust. Together we are responsible for 6 cultural sites (Tullie House in Carlisle, Abbot Hall and Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry in Kendal, Blackwell House in Bowness-on Windermere, Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere and the Windermere Jetty which is due to open in 2017).

The CMC is in receipt of £3M of Arts Council investment (from April 2015 to March 2018). CMC has a responsibility to demonstrate leadership for museums operating in rural areas by delivering innovative programmes that grow our audiences and make us more resilient.

Over the last 12 months, CMC has reviewed its programme of activity and is revising how it delivers provision for children and young people from 1 April 2016. One of our key aspirations is to reach every school aged pupil in Cumbria during this funding period through creating and delivering inspiring programmes for children and young people to increase engagement and participation with our venues and other museums and galleries in Cumbria.

What we are looking for

The CMC wishes to appoint a consultant(s) to work with the three CMC organisations and other museums and galleries in Cumbria to:

  • improve how we communicate the learning offer at the museums and galleries
  • develop and implement a strategy to increase school aged pupil engagement at the venues
  • work with museums and learning providers to increase the number of school aged pupils engaging with Arts Award

The contract will be for one year initially (1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017) with a view to extending it for a further 12 months.

The successful consultant(s) will work with learning leads at the three CMC organisations and other museums in the county, and act as a liaison with the North West’s Bridge organization, Curious Minds. The consultant will develop a programme of activity to raise awareness of museum learning opportunities with schools, leading to increase pupil engagement with museums across the county. They will also help schools achieve their Arts Mark objectives and pupils achieve Arts Award.

The consultant will broker relations between museums, galleries and schools (or other learning providers) to develop sustainable, long term engagement with museums and galleries.

What we want to do (aims / objectives)

The key aims for the contract are as follows:

  1. To improve learning offer for children and young people
  2. To increase and deepen engagement of the school aged children with collections, venues and the landscape.
  3. To raise the profile of the museums and galleries in Cumbria as providers of quality learning experiences for children and young people
  4. To develop relations with schools and improve communications with teachers and learning providers
  5. To improve partnership working with schools and the Bridge organisation in Cumbria.

What we want the successful agency to deliver (objectives and outputs)

The CMC is looking to appoint a consultant(s) to deliver the following objectives:

  1. Map the current learning provision for school aged children at museums, including how this is packaged and communicated to schools.
  2. Identify how teachers / learning providers are currently engaging with the museums and galleries
  3. Work with museum learning leads and Bridge to identify gaps in schools engagement and participants in Arts Mark in particular.
  4. Work with teachers to support development of curriculum-based sessions relevant to museum collections.
  5. Identify ways in which the schools learning ‘offer’ can be more effectively packaged across Accredited museums and galleries in Cumbria and better communicated with schools and relevant learning providers
  6. Develop and broker relationships with schools and learning providers who are Arts Mark ready (or interested in Arts Mark) and actively promote museum and gallery offer, including community engagement element that encourages family-based learning and engagement.
  7. Develop and deliver a strategic programme of activity to increase schools engagement with museums and galleries (coordinating with learning leads and Bridge organisation).
  8. Develop and deliver appropriate training and networking opportunities for museum staff and learning providers, linked to this contract.
  9. Identify key measurable and evaluation framework for the programme.

What we want to achieve (outcomes)

  • Increase in school bookings year on year at museums in Cumbria
  • Increase in families participating in community based activity (ie. Museums at Night, Big Draw etc)
  • Increase in new schools engaging with learning provision at museums (ie schools that have not engaged previously)
  • Improved channels for communication museum offer to schools and learning providers (this might include for example, improved print, website channel etc)
  • Increase number of schools gaining Arts Mark
  • Increase the number of Arts Award recipients


Contract budget for consultant(s):

Year 1 (2016-17): £15,000 + VAT includes consultant time and expenses

Year 2 (2017-18): as above; subject to contract review and renewal

Delivery budget:

Year 1 (2016-17): £6,000 + VAT*

Year 2 (2016-18): as above; subject to contract review and renewal

*Delivery budget will be held by CMC and expenditure will be agreed in advance.

Reporting: Point of contact for the contract is Jennie Pitceathly, CMC Manager


Proposals due: Monday 14 March 2016

Interviews: 29 March 2016

Contract start: April 2016

To apply:

Please send a proposal outlining how you will deliver the contract, submitted electronically by email to Jennie Pitceathly jennie.pitceathly@tulliehouse.org by noon on Monday 14 March 2016.

Proposals should be no longer than 6 sides of A4 and include:

  • Proposal outlining how you would approach the contract
  • Methodology and timescales for year one
  • Relevant experience
  • Proposed use of project budget in year one.
  • CV for the consultant(s), days allocated to the project and daily rates
  • Two referees

Navigating the Art Market Professional Development Course

The Art Fund has announced a refreshed version of their Navigating the Art Market professional development course for 2016. Developed in partnership with Sotheby’s Institute of Art, the course is designed to promote a practical understanding of the art market through a combination of online learning and seminars in London, with spaces fully funded by the Art Fund.

The course is targeted towards early career curators with limited experience of engaging with the art market, and more experienced curators wishing to refresh their knowledge.

In 2016 the course will be delivered in two parts, each comprising two online sessions and a seminar day. The first part will take place from mid-February to early March, & the second from mid-April to early May.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 29 January.

To find out more and to apply for a place please see here

Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum

The School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, in partnership with National Museums Liverpool and FutureLearn, is once again offering the opportunity to join their free online course, which for its first run attracted over 11,000 learners. The course is aimed at museum volunteers and professionals as well as those interested in a taster of the School’s Museum Studies course.

The course covers topics including:

  • Audience Development
  • How museums can cope with emotional subjects
  • How museums can actively participate in current issues including social justice and human rights issues
  • How museums, in partnership with other organisations, can support the health and wellbeing of their communities.

Learners will have the opportunity to engage with the latest research from the School of Museum Studies as well as a range of case studies from National Museums Liverpool. At each step of the course, those partaking will be expected to discuss the topics and issues covered with their fellow learners and it is also possible to obtain a statement of participation at the end of the course.

The course lasts for six weeks and requires a minimum of two hours study per week.

For more information, & to sign up, see here

Free online course: Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum

The School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, in partnership with National Museums Liverpool and FutureLearn, is once again offering the opportunity to join their free online course, “Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum”

The course, which attracted over 11,000 learners in its first run, is aimed at museum volunteers and professionals as well as those interested in a taster of the School’s Museum Studies course. It covers topics including audience development, how museums can cope with emotional subjects and how museums can actively participate in current issues including social justice and human rights issues and how museums, in partnership with other organisations, can support the health and wellbeing of their communities.

Learners will have the opportunity to hear about the latest research from the School of Museum Studies and engage with a range of case studies from National Museums Liverpool. At each step you will have to discuss the topics and issues covered with your fellow learners and it is also possible to obtain a statement of participation at the end of the course.

The course lasts for six weeks and requires a minimum of two hours study per week.

You can find out more and sign up here

Examples of Museums Supporting School Transition Required

On behalf of Curious Minds, Sally Fort is researching how museums support the transition of children and young people between different school stages and phases.

Their focus is on the transition from primary school to secondary  but they are also interested in any examples relating to transitional periods. If your museum has carried out this kind of work, Sally would like to hear more about any of the following:

  • What your offer is in practical terms and what it’s based on (e.g. description of workshop, project, event etc. and themes, subject areas, philosophies)
  • Who it is aimed at (e.g. ages, phases, specific groups, schools, families, youth groups)
  • What you’ve found the successes and challenges to be and how you know to what extent the support has been successful
  • What are the financial arrangements underpinning the work
  • What are your aims / objectives / planned outcomes
  • Any links the activity has to Artsmark or Arts Award if relevant
  • Anything else you’d like to add about this

Please email any examples to Sally, or add your responses to this online survey

ALC Networked Learning Event:Ebacc again: protecting arts in schools

With Henry Vann (Incorporated Society of Musicians, Bacc for the Future campaign)
Wednesday 14th October, 13:00-16:30
Manchester Metropolitan University

From Arts Learning Consortium:

Despite a tidal wave of opposition from educators, employers and students and many across the arts, humanities and STEM sectors, the DfE is pushing ahead with implementing the Ebacc performance measure in schools.  This means that schools are under pressure to enter pupils for this suite of ‘academic’ subjects to the likely detriment of their opportunities in other subjects, including the arts.  

At this event we’ll be welcoming Henry Vann, Head of External Affairs at ISM.  Henry has been fronting the Bacc for the Future campaign, which has so far influenced a number of significant government u-turns linked to the Ebacc.  See their recent key messages document for the most up to date stats and data about uptake of arts subjects and the value of creativity to the UK economy.

We’ll examine issues such as:

  • What’s happening in secondary schools now, and what’s likely to happen in the future 
  • How the Ebacc could affect the development of our future artists, musicians, designers, performers – and audiences
  • The possible impact of this on arts and cultural organisations
  • How children’s experiences in the primary phase may be affected
  • The implications for teacher education
  • What we can do to challenge the Ebacc, and mitigate its damage

Who’s it for?  

  • Learning teams from arts and cultural organisations
  • School leaders and teachers – all key stages and art forms
  • Initial teacher education lecturers and students
  • Music education hub staff
  • Arts education consultants

Cost and booking

  • Free to ALC individual members
  • 2 free places per member organisation, additional places £30
  • Non members – £60
  • Teaching students (from member HEIs) – £10

Follow this link to book.  Please book your place by September 30th.

We’re offering a special reduced ALC membership for the remainder of the financial year, which will entitle you to a place at this event and our follow up event on Feb 3rd 2016 (continuing the ‘Protecting arts in schools’ theme).

          Individual membership = £65 (single non-transferable place – you can sign up here).

          Organisation membership = £130 (2 free places per event, additional delegates £30 per place – go  here to sign up).