Impact & evaluation

The partnership’s early impact

In August 2017 the Liverpool Learning Partnership commissioned MetaValue, an independent research company, to evaluate the Liverpool Cultural Education Partnership. Between September 2017 and March 2018, Chris Hayes from MetaValue analysed data and gathered information and opinions from a wide range of people who have been involved in the partnership from March 2016 onwards. The full report, Liverpool Cultural Education Partnership: an evaluation of the partnership’s early impact, was published in March 2018. It includes six case studies about cultural education partnerships and programmes (pages 28-38).

Those consulted for the evaluation include representatives from the education and cultural sectors, the local authority, and Arts Council England. The report evaluates early impacts (pages 15-19); describes the work of the partnership’s three task teams (pages 20-22); and outlines recommendations for strengthening the partnership, including an evaluation framework for April 2018-March 2020 (page 23 -27).

Please visit the case studies page for more information about individual partnerships and activity, for example:

Creative Futures Merseyside

We worked with Shaping Futures over the 2017-18 academic year to develop Creative Futures Merseyside, a programme to promote the value of an arts and cultural education to develop young people’s skills and cultural capital, no matter what their future ambition. It aimed to raise the awareness of students and careers advisers about skills needed by business, industry & the growing creative and digital sectors. This was a free programme for schools that brought students ‘behind the scenes’ of cultural & creative organisations and into contact with Higher Education Institution representatives. Shaping Futures paid all transport costs.

Creative curriculum activity & resources

With partnership investment from Curious Minds, Liverpool Learning Partnership funded activity to help schools develop new curriculum activity and resources with arts and cultural education partners. These linked to priorities that schools themselves had identified:

  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education
  • Supporting children through transition from primary to secondary

Schools worked with a diverse range of arts and cultural partners and linked learning to many different curriculum subjects, including music, history, geography, science and literacy. You can link to the stories of some of these initiatives below: