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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. 

Upcoming events

Creativity for Wellbeing
The Inspiring futures 2021 conference
From Tuesday 9 to Thursday 18 November

Join Inspiring Futures: The Barking and Dagenham Cultural Education Partnership to explore how creativity and the arts can help to champion mental health awareness, wellbeing, and resilience in schools. Featuring a creative manifesto for mental health in schools produced by the borough’s young people, the conference will take time to reflect on past practice and look forward to how we can input new models in our schools.

Young Creatives Space
Tuesday 9th November, 1.30pm to 3pm
Barking and Dagenham College

For Students with teachers and support staff

Join Inspiring Futures' session for teachers and pupils where we will explore how creativity can improve wellbeing through fun, interactive activities, with BDYD and 64 Million Artists to make a creative manifesto for mental health.

See Eventbrite for more information and to book

How to work with schools mindfully
Wednesday 10 November, 4pm to 5pm

For creative organisations, artists, freelancers who work, or are interested in working in schools

Join Inspiring Futures, the Barbican, and schools to explore the best practice for creative projects when approaching and working with schools. With top tips, examples of successful projects, and insight from teachers within the borough, this session will leave you feeling prepared and with a deeper understanding of the current education landscape. In partnership with the Cultural Partnership Group.

See Eventbrite for more information and to book.

Emotional Learning with Iniva
Thursday 11th November, 1pm to 3.30pm
For teachers

Iniva’s Emotional Learning Cards occupy a leading position in the growing fields of emotional learning and psychological therapies. Their cards encourage emotional literacy, support and critique ‘meaning-making’ as well as challenging often stereotypical ideas about who makes art and what its purpose might be.

See Eventbrite for more information and to book.

Cultural Entitlement and Accessibility
Tuesday 16 November, 4pm to 5pm

For teachers, senior leadership, governors, cultural and SEN leads

Join world class theatre company Graeae and the award winning Eastbury Community Primary ARP for this discussion on inclusion and accessibility. Explore the considerations your project should be making, the ways creative subjects can encourage inclusion within your setting, as well as some of the fantastic projects running in the borough.

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A Whole School Approach to Wellbeing
Wednesday 17 November, 5.30pm to 6.30pm

For senior leadership and governors

This session is to delve deeper into why creativity is so important in the whole school environment to promote positive mental wealth, a greater sense of belonging and emotional safety for every stakeholder. This session is a collaboration between Inspiring Futures, Creative Schools, and BDSIP.

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Creativity for Wellbeing: An Educators Role
Thursday 18 November, 4.30pm to 6.30pm
Barking and Dagenham College

For senior leadership, governors, teachers, cultural organisations, and artists

In this culminative session for the 2021 Inspiring Futures Conference: Creativity for Wellbeing, teachers, governors, and senior leaders will be brought together to share the knowledge gained throughout the conference period. Including an exciting key note speech from co-author of the Durham report Bill Lucas, and a presentation of the Creative Manifesto for Mental Health that students in the borough created.

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A collaboration with Creative Schools, who work to deliver life-enhancing arts and cultural education projects in schools across 6 boroughs of east London. Find out more on the Creative Schools website.