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Inspiring Futures: The LBBD Cultural Education Partnership

Vision 2018-2022

Every young person can confidently participate, shape, and take pride in creative and cultural opportunities, making their voice heard.

Inspiring Futures: The Barking and Dagenham Cultural Education Partnership nurtures links between cultural organisations and schools to work towards every young person having the opportunity to be creative, either in school or beyond. We ensure every school has the opportunity to collaborate with other schools in hubs, form partnerships with cultural organisations, and take part in bespoke projects. 

How can we support your school? 

Inspiring Futures has three main threads of activity: 

CPD for stakeholders

Throughout the year we offer career progression and development for teachers, governors, senior leadership, and creative organisations in the borough to ensure they are prepared to deliver a strong creative offer in Barking and Dagenham schools. Alongside this, we hold an annual conference brimming with CPD opportunities for schools. 

We also work with schools to create Inspire Hubs, where local schools work together for peer learning, distribute knowledge, and develop larger sized cultural projects. 

We ask each school provide a cultural lead, and send updates of upcoming CPD through this designated person.  

Developing the Barking and Dagenham Cultural Education Offer

As part of our work, we create projects which develop cultural and creative opportunities for young people within the borough, including accredited achievements, wellbeing offers, and lobbying for opportunities for young people in local organisations and developments. 

A key project is the Arts Award transition project, which happens every September. Please get in touch if your secondary school would like to be involved. 

We also provide bespoke Artsmark support, to accredit your school with the creative standard for education. It ensures creativity is embedded across the curriculum and is recognised nationwide. Artsmark is managed by Arts Council England, Find out more on the Artsmark website.

Pathways into the creative digital industries

We develop pathways for young people into the creative and digital industries, by empowering teachers to be able to guide students into these careers. 

Inspiring Futures works to develop resources and sessions for young people to get advice from industry professionals, and create links for work experience, as well as tasters of creative skills. 

Want to get involved in Inspiring Futures?

Email inspiringfutures@lbbd.gov.uk with details about your organisation or school to be added to our contact list and be invited to future events. 

Inspire Digital Festival

Each year Inspiring Futures works with schools to create Inspire Festivals. The festivals are a chance for schools to work together to give young people opportunities to express themselves through creative work and share it with their communities.

We’ve got some real talent in Barking and Dagenham, from budding artists to future performers, so there’s always plenty to celebrate.

Schools couldn’t host celebratory festivals in person this year, but Inspiring Futures worked with them to create a video to share the young people’s work.

The video is a compilation of creative work inspired by the theme ‘Bounce Back.’ Pupils were challenged to respond creatively to this theme using dance, singing, poetry or artwork or simply share something they are proud of.

Further work submitted by schools was shared across social media on the 8th July 2021, showcasing the amount of brilliant creative work happening in schools this year.

Well done to everyone involved!