For teachers

Teacher or professional working with young people

Welcome to Culturepool, a website for teachers, school staff and professionals working with young people. Culturepool is a resource to help you find arts and cultural education activity and opportunities. It aims to make it easier for you to take advantage of exciting local offers from Liverpool City Region’s diverse arts and cultural sector, so you can give pupils the chance to experience these.

The Ofsted framework specifically refers to the importance of ‘cultural capital’. Art and culture helps bring the curriculum to life, making it broad, rich, well-balanced and locally relevant. It can focus learning on the real world, having an impact on quality of education, pupils’ character, resilience, behaviours and attitudes, personal development and leadership skills.

You may be interested to know that the following 14 organisations take part in the LCEP safeguarding programme: 20 Stories High, Bluecoat, Collective Encounters, DaDaFest, Liverpool Philharmonic, National Museums Liverpool, Open Eye Gallery, The Reader, Unity Theatre, Liverpool Tate, Everyman & Playhouse, Merseyside Dance Initiative, Movema and Liverpool Biennial. This means they have access to a regularly updated handbook and take part in ongoing training and surgeries to improve knowledge and share practice about safeguarding all, especially vulnerable, children and young people.

Have fun looking for opportunities and we welcome feedback and comments!

If you would like to upload your own community or arts and cultural celebration events, please do so via the offer form

You can also find a broader perspective of cultural education offers across the North West on the Curious Minds Culture Hubs website.

View offers for teachers/professionals working with young people.

Latest offers for teachers

Museum of Liverpool

Emerging Archaeologists

Cost: FREE

This is a new group for 16-24 year olds who would like to try out archaeology and engage with heritage…

This is a new group for 16-24 year olds who would like to try out archaeology and engage with heritage and museums. Around 10 sessions a year will take place on weekdays during half term/school holidays at the Museum of Liverpool and on evenings via Zoom allowing for both hands on practical sessions alongside flexible on-screen learning. The sessions are aimed at 16 - 24 year olds who are not currently studying archaeology in university as this is to allow us to provide for those who don't already have hands on opportunities as part of a course, rather it is to give people an opportunity to try it out before uni or build practical and transferable skills in heritage that they wouldn't otherwise be able to access. We will be having two taster days on the 28th and 29th of October however peole can join the group following these sessions also. The group is free to join. For more information email EmergingArchaeologists@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

History Archaeology

free Museum of Liverpool Yes
Digital/online activity or resource
Key Stage 5

dot-art

Celebrate dot-art Schools 10th birthday

Cost: £150

dot-art Schools are working in partnership with Edge Hill University to launch their 10th annual art competition for schools across…

dot-art Schools are working in partnership with Edge Hill University to launch their 10th annual art competition for schools across Liverpool City Region and beyond. To mark this milestone birthday, dot-art and Edge Hill are looking to the future and the importance of sustainability by inviting children to create art themed around protecting the environment, to highlight the importance of looking after our planet. As usual participating schools can enter Yr 5 or Yr 9 student artworks on any topic with theme of "Protecting Our Environment" being optional.  If you are new to the competition here's a quick run down of the details: What is dot-art Schools?
  • dot-art Schools is an interactive, online, inter-school, art competition, taking place annually and culminating in a public exhibition of the winning artworks and prize giving celebration for teachers, students and their families.
  • The competition is open to all Primary (Year 5) and Secondary (Year 9) and SEND schools in the six boroughs of Liverpool City Region and near neighbours. It is designed to nurture talent, raise aspiration and take art out of the classroom into the real world.
  • Set up in 2012 in response to demand from local schools and the side-lining of the arts in the curriculum, to date over 9000 children from 602 schools have taken part.
Why participate?
  • Join dot-art Schools to celebrate children and young people’s creativity, build their confidence and improve well-being.
  • Research by Hope University and Curious Minds NW has proven our impact.
  • Download our leaflet outlining 10 reasons to join us plus other key details. Visit our website for more information and to register your school online by Christmas.

Art & design

150 200 dot-art Artsmark
Digital/online activity or resource
Key Stages 2–3

Leamington Community Primary School

Anti-Bullying Week Art Commissions

Cost: FREE

Calling for: Artists/ Arts Organisations specialising in Visual Art Date of workshops: Week beginning 15th November 2021 We are looking…

Calling for: Artists/ Arts Organisations specialising in Visual Art Date of workshops: Week beginning 15th November 2021 We are looking for artists to work with one class of 30 children aged 5-11 to produce collaborative artworks based on the theme of  ‘One Kind Word’, linked to the school’s work on anti-bullying week. We welcome applications from a range of visual arts including painting, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, collage etc. We had a few ideas (but we are open to more so please feel free to share yours) including:
  • A mural on the shed (sensory garden)
  • Bird feeders (sensory garden/ outdoor classroom)
  • Musical instruments (sensory garden)
  • Pebble paths (sensory garden
We are looking to commission artists for each year group from Reception to Year 6 and we welcome applicants to specify the age group they would like to work with. Successful applicants will spend 1 day in school working with the children (4-6 hours) between 9am - 3pm and will be given ½ day planning and preparation time. There will also be an Art Exhibition on Friday 19thNovember, which applicants can visit voluntarily. The fee is £300. This includes:
  • 1 face-to-face workshop in school with a group of 30 children to produce a collaborative piece of art for display around the school grounds.
  • ½ day planning and preparation time.
  • Completion of an evaluation questionnaire
Please submit a proposal on how you would deliver the commission and your ideas for the creative content. You need to include:
  • Your experience of working with young people and networks of schools (please give examples, e.g. through online links, website, etc.).
  • An outline of your approach to the commission, explaining how it will link to the theme of ‘One Kind Word’ and the genre of artwork you are planning to use.
  • The year group or age range you would like to work with.
  • Where your finished artwork would be best displayed.
  • Which day of the week you would like to deliver the workshop.
  • An outline of resources school would need to provide.
Please send proposals to steph.leach@leamingtonprimary.com by 8th November 2021.

Art & design

free Leamington Community Primary School Artsmark Arts Award
Visit into school
EY - Key Stage 5

Bluecoat & Royal Opera House

Primary Arts Network: Create & Design…

Cost: FREE

Create & Design is an entirely FREE learning programme for KS2, aligned to the National Curriculum framework for Design &…

Create & Design is an entirely FREE learning programme for KS2, aligned to the National Curriculum framework for Design & technology and supporting Art & Design. The programme opens a window on the world of Ballet and theatre-craft.

Through this programme children are introduced to the Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and inspired by this, develop their own set design for the ballet; following a live brief from Royal Ballet Director Kevin O’Hare and a 10-week scheme of work for teachers.

This is a blended learning CPD (Online & In Person) on the following dates:

*Wednesday 20th October: 4-5pm - (Online) - Introducing Create & Design digital resources.

*Wednesday 10th November: 1-4pm - (In Person) - CPD at Bluecoat led by a professional stage designer.

Find out more and register for the event here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/primary-arts-network-design-create-tickets-178039018497

Art & design Design & Technology

free Bluecoat & Royal Opera House Artsmark Arts Award
Digital/online activity or resource
Key Stage 2

Altru Drama CIC

Anti-Bullying Performance ‘You, Me and Us’

Cost: £485 + vat

Anti-Bullying performance available for schools in November 2021 A 45-minute performance for the whole school to watch together in the…

Anti-Bullying performance available for schools in November 2021 A 45-minute performance for the whole school to watch together in the school hall. Followed by a workshop for one class, exploring the issues raised in the play. ‘You, Me and Us’ explores difference, respect and the importance of being kind. Charlie Cooper is fed up of being different and, one fateful night, wishes that everything could just be the same. But the next morning, the whole world has shifted, and Charlie must go on a journey of discovery to find out why being different is so important. Dates available during November 2021. We bring the theatre to you. “The performance was great! It was really educational, and the kids felt that it was really funny. The workshop was a great way to learn new things and got pupils working together well. We have had Altru in school before and it has always been a great experience.” St Mary & St Paul's Primary, Knowsley The cost for a performance is £485 + vat. This includes a free workshop for 1 class and a resource pack for use back in class. Presented by professional actor educators who are all DBS checked.

Citizenship Drama PSHE SMSC

485 + vat 300 Altru Drama CIC Artsmark Arts Award
Visit into school
Key Stages 1–2

The World Reimagined Limited

The World Reimagined Learning Programme: free…

Cost: FREE

The World Reimagined is a national art education project featuring globally-recognised artists. It offers a free Learning Programme for 5-19…

The World Reimagined is a national art education project featuring globally-recognised artists. It offers a free Learning Programme for 5-19 year olds to transform how we understand the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its impact on us all. Liverpool is a host city for this programme and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority are funding a limited number of bursaries and artist residencies. Please see the following offers and deadlines below:
  • Free Learning Programme: sign up here via The World Reimagined Learning Globe Programme Registration Form – from October 2021 you will then be able to access free resources (for 5-19 year olds) to transform how we understand the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its impact on us all - closing date to register: 28 February 2022.

As part of this, students will be able to produce poetic, spoken word or written creative expressions, to be submitted by 6 July 2022 if you wish them to be shared.

  • The Globe Programme: available at £850 + VAT per school - this will be able for FREE to schools in the Liverpool City Region who apply successfully for a bursary. There are bursaries available for one primary and one secondary within each Liverpool City Region borough. Please apply via the Globe Bursary application formclosing date to register: 31st October 2021; deadline to complete the Globes: 18 July 2022.
  • Globe Programme Artist Residencies: two schools in the Liverpool City Region can also benefit from free artist residencies by applying via the Artist Residencies application form. Selected primary and secondary schools will participate in the Globe Programme, supported by an artist across two years, to embed arts-based learning and anti-racist practice into their teaching – closing date to register: 31 October 2021.
Globe Sculptures and Poems will be celebrated during August-October 2022 when the artist trails are live in each host city across the UK. If you are unsuccessful in applying for a bursary, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority will support you to seek funding for this. 

Art & design Citizenship English Geography History Maths PSHE Science

free The World Reimagined Limited Artsmark
Digital/online activity or resource
Key Stages 1–5

Liverpool World Centre

Future Global Leaders Project

Cost: £350

Future Global Leaders is a new programme for primary and secondary school student councils and eco clubs. Future Global Leaders…

Future Global Leaders is a new programme for primary and secondary school student councils and eco clubs. Future Global Leaders is an ambitious programme which will:
  • Give children and young people the tools to understand the world around them and become active citizens in a compassionate, sustainable and respectful way.
  • Develop pupils’ problem-solving skills and ability to think independently, empowering them to have an impact in the world and create positive change in the future.
  • Equip teachers with the knowledge to lead on sustainable development issues
Future Global Leaders is tailored to your specific key stage and is designed to run throughout the school year, culminating in a lively pupil conference with participating schools in the Spring. The programme includes:
  • An online, two-hour teacher workshop ‘Introduction toSustainable Development Goals’. Learn how to enhance your curriculum and enable your pupils to start their journey to becoming global citizens. A chance to meet like-minded teachers and think about how to develop active citizenship in young people. (Max. two teachers per school)
  • An interactive, one-hour workshop ‘Becoming Global Leaders’ with LWC and each student group. Ideally 12 – 15 pupils per school.
  • Access to six free resources to support student council/eco club meetings. The resources will prompt thought-provoking discussion and activities, tailored to the key stage.
  • A Future Global Leaders pupil conference hosted by LWC in Spring 2022. A day of debate and action planning, including pledges for the final term and beyond.
  • All pupils will be awarded with a certificate celebrating their participation in the programme.
Sign up to our free online taster session or email jacquie@liverpoolworldcentre.org for more information.

Citizenship PSHE SMSC

350 300 Liverpool World Centre Yes
CPD/training/creative opportunity for teachers
Key Stages 1–5

As Creatives

A Celebration in Rhyme

Cost: £395.00

A celebration in Rhyme has been developed to help schools celebrate the stories your pupils love in verse – by…

A celebration in Rhyme has been developed to help schools celebrate the stories your pupils love in verse - by writing and performing a collaborative School Poem in just a single day! After a quick assembly sharing our love of poetry and issuing the overall challenge, children will participate in collaborative writing workshops, usually for a year group at a time. Using our unique “RunAround” methodology, KS2 classes will choose the themes and content, creating the lines as they go - with EYFS and KS1 providing the chorus. And the outcome? A beautifully crafted poem extolling the wonder of stories that’s unique to your school - and that will get its very first performance at a second, celebratory assembly at the end of the day!    

English

395.00 300 As Creatives Artsmark Yes
Visit into school
EY - Key Stage 5