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

dot-art

FREE PLACES GIVE AWAY FOR DOT-ART…

Cost: FREE

We’re excited to share our special Giveaway offer of 54 FREE places in the forthcoming dot-art Schools inter-school art competition.…

We're excited to share our special Giveaway offer of 54 FREE places in the forthcoming dot-art Schools inter-school art competition. This has been made possible by funding from Arts Council England and DCMS through the Cultural Recovery Fund. Schools that have not previously taken part are eligible to enter the giveaway to receive one of the free places. The places usually cost £150 plus VAT per school. To find out more about the giveaway and to enter, schools need to email schools@dot-art.com with GIVEAWAY in the subject title. But hurry, it's first come, first served and schools need to sign up before 17th December 2020! Read more here: http://schools.dot-art.com/54-free-places-to-give-away-for-dot-art-schools-2021/

Art & design

free dot-art Artsmark Arts Award
Digital/online activity or resource
Key Stages 2–3

Metal Culture

Rivers of the World

Cost: FREE

We would like to offer your school the opportunity to take part in Rivers of the World: a free creative…

We would like to offer your school the opportunity to take part in Rivers of the World: a free creative project for Key Stage Three pupils with a built-in link to an international secondary school. Rivers of the World is an arts-based learning project linking schools around the world through the study of rivers.  Pupils work with professional arts facilitators to create collaborative artworks exploring the meaning of rivers in local and international city contexts.  The finished artworks are displayed in local galleries, on London’s South Bank as part of Totally Thames Festival and in each participating river city overseas. How to get involved: We have a limited number of places for schools in Liverpool. If you would like to take part please contact stef@metalculture.com. The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 4th December 2020. The project is designed for Year 8 and 9 pupils. The project may be most suitable for Art, Geography and Science departments although we would be keen to explore links with other curriculum areas too. We are also able to adapt the programme to be delivered digitally, if school visits are not possible next year.  The project may be most suitable for Art, Geography and Science departments although we would be keen to explore links with other curriculum areas too. We are also able to adapt the programme to be delivered digitally, if school visits are not possible next year. Please see the notes below for more detail.

Art & design Geography Science

free Metal Culture Arts Award
Visit into school
Key Stage 3

Culture Liverpool

Write on Art

Cost: FREE

Write on Art is an annual national writing competition sponsored by Art UK and the Paul Mellon Centre to encourage an interest…

Write on Art is an annual national writing competition sponsored by Art UK and the Paul Mellon Centre to encourage an interest in art history among young people. The prize is open to all UK students aged 15–18. How do I enter? To enter Write on Art, all you have to do is pick one artwork featured on the Art UK website and write about it. What does it say to you? What’s the history behind it? How does it make you feel? This is your opportunity to write about the things you care about. Write on Art is free to enter. Entries are divided into two groups, based on year of study. ​What could I win? The winners will win a cash prize and have their essays featured on the Art UK and Paul Mellon Centre websites.
  • 1st place – £500
  • 2nd place – £200
  • Three runners up – £100 each
The deadline is 30th April 2021. Prizes for the 2019–2020 prize will be awarded at a ceremony. We will confirm the date in due course. Apply now – Years 10/11 Apply now – Years 12/13

Art & design

free Culture Liverpool Artsmark
Digital/online activity or resource
EY - Key Stage 5

Liverpool Learning Partnership

Reflections and Representations: Books For KS3

Cost: FREE

Liverpool Learning Partnership has secured funding in order to provide 30 LLP member secondary schools with book packs featuring texts…

Liverpool Learning Partnership has secured funding in order to provide 30 LLP member secondary schools with book packs featuring texts written by Black authors and featuring Black characters. We will provide each participating secondary school with a pack of (approximately 12-15) books suitable for pupils in KS3. We will also provide access to a CPD video for teachers/librarians about representation of diversity (particularly regarding Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic characters and authors) in literature as well as a booklet featuring resources to use in class and further reading booklists. These resources are designed to support staff in embedding these texts into their work in school and to support conversations arising from the use of the books.

English PSHE SMSC

free Liverpool Learning Partnership Arts Award
Digital/online activity or resource
Key Stage 3

Vamos Theatre

It’s DEAD GOOD – it’s FREE!

Cost: FREE

Vamos Theatre’s 2020 touring show, DEAD GOOD, is available FREE until end December… accompanied by a resource pack.

Vamos Theatre's 2020 touring show, DEAD GOOD, is available FREE until end December... accompanied by a resource pack.

Citizenship Dance Drama English

free Vamos Theatre
Digital/online activity or resource
Key Stages 4–5

National Museums Liverpool

Virtual Classroom: Ancient Greece

Cost: £90

National Museums Liverpool’s brand new virtual classroom workshops are now available to book online! Created for schools, the interactive curriculum-linked…

National Museums Liverpool’s brand new virtual classroom workshops are now available to book online! Created for schools, the interactive curriculum-linked sessions - led by museum experts - will bring learning to life and inspire the imaginations of pupils by engaging them in activities based on real artefacts. Each virtual classroom is supported by resources and activities that teachers can use before and after their live workshop. ‘Ancient Greece: gods and heroes’ This virtual classroom workshop guides pupils through the mythology of the Ancient Greeks, explaining some of the family feuds and marvellous magic that has bound these tales together for more than 2,000 years. They will discover the art of oral storytelling and find out how the images and iconography of an ancient religion and mythology has carried through to influence us today.

English History SMSC

90 100 National Museums Liverpool Yes
Digital/online activity or resource
Key Stage 2

National Museums Liverpool

Virtual Classroom: Impressionism

Cost: £90

National Museums Liverpool’s brand new virtual classroom workshops are now available to book online! Created for schools, the interactive curriculum-linked…

National Museums Liverpool’s brand new virtual classroom workshops are now available to book online! Created for schools, the interactive curriculum-linked sessions - led by museum experts - will bring learning to life and inspire the imaginations of pupils by engaging them in activities based on real artefacts. Each virtual classroom is supported by resources and activities that teachers can use before and after their live workshop. ‘Impressionism - what’s that?’ This virtual classroom workshop is an interactive introduction to Impressionism. Using artworks from the Walker Art Gallery’s collection, workshop facilitators will use drawing challenges and visual thinking strategies to allow pupils to respond at a personal and creative level to two Impressionist masterpieces. Pupils will compare and contrast a traditional art style to the Impressionist modern movement, challenging the notion of what ‘good art’ looks like.

Art & design English SMSC

90 100 National Museums Liverpool Yes
Digital/online activity or resource
Key Stages 1–2

National Museums Liverpool

Virtual Classroom: Titanic

Cost: £90

National Museums Liverpool’s brand new virtual classroom workshops are now available to book online! Created for schools, the interactive curriculum-linked…

National Museums Liverpool’s brand new virtual classroom workshops are now available to book online! Created for schools, the interactive curriculum-linked sessions - led by museum experts - will bring learning to life and inspire the imaginations of pupils by engaging them in activities based on real artefacts. Each virtual classroom is supported by resources and activities that teachers can use before and after their live workshop. ‘Titanic: travelling in time’ This virtual classroom workshop is perfectly suited to groups exploring the infamous story of RMS Titanic and her links to Liverpool. It offers the opportunity for pupils to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the many different personal experiences linked to this disaster that forms our impressions of the era.

English History SMSC

90 100 National Museums Liverpool Yes
Digital/online activity or resource
Key Stage 2