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

As Creatives

Poetry LIVE

Cost: £395.00 for a full day

We love the power of words, so we’ve got a whole range of enjoyable and engaging Poetry workshops – for…

We love the power of words, so we've got a whole range of enjoyable and engaging Poetry workshops - for pupils of all ages to enjoy. Our workshops include in-person sessions, as well as live streamed workshops beamed straight into your classroom - and resource packages which allow you to host your own whole-school poetry day.

Longer workshops will also see pupils gaining experience in presentation skills as we support them in exploring the most effective ways to deliver their poems vocally. We can also provide a Poetry assembly to kick-start your poetry day in school! Our poetry workshops are available throughout the school year - and can be adapted to suit any theme or text, connecting literacy right across the curriculum.

English

395.00 for a full day 300 As Creatives Artsmark Yes
Digital/online activity or resource
EY - Key Stage 5

LAS theatre

The Rascally Diner

Cost: £500-700 per day

In Autumn 2020, LAStheatre toured their outdoor theatre production into schools and had a great response from classes in Reception…

In Autumn 2020, LAStheatre toured their outdoor theatre production into schools and had a great response from classes in Reception to Year 3. Teachers called the show: “inspirational”, “Year 1 absolutely loved it, even children who I thought might struggle, got closer to the stage as the show went on” and “A great opportunity at a difficult time, great for everyone’s wellbeing.”   As lockdown eases again, LAStheatre are returning to their converted outdoor caravan theatre to bring a new high-quality live theatre production into schools, whilst using the power of theatre to open discussion and encourage conversation.   This July, LAStheatre will be touring our production, ‘The Rascally Diner’ to primary schools in Liverpool. Based on the book ‘The Rascally Cake’ by Jeanne Willis and Korky Paul, this fun-filled theatre production with songs and silliness is all about food, food choices and the environment for Year 2 - 6.   Please get in touch with Liz to discuss bringing this joyous production into your school this summer term.   If the cost of the show is prohibitive, please get in touch with us about our available bursaries.

Drama PSHE

500-700 per day 300 LAS theatre
Visit into school
Key Stages 1–2

The Studio School

The Studio presents Dreams

Cost: FREE

Each spring term, we give year 12 students the opportunity to publicly exhibit their work. Students chose themes and voted…

Each spring term, we give year 12 students the opportunity to publicly exhibit their work.
Students chose themes and voted on Dreams, which has allowed them to explore the concept in any way, shape, or form that they wish (including Nightmares). Students from each creative subject have made outcomes based on this theme, which means that students in more than one subject have the challenge of making diverse responses!
Students have been able to explore themes of horror, imagination, escapism, and imagining ideal possibilities. We have really enjoyed seeing how students’ responses are so personal, and this will also be an opportunity to develop more personal work for their portfolios, whether for university applications next year, or creative careers.
We hope you enjoy them too!

Art & design

free The Studio School Yes
Digital/online activity or resource
Key Stages 4–5

The Reader

Storybarn on the Road

Cost: £200

Storybarn on the Road workshops focus on reading for pleasure and feature a lively, exciting mix of interactive reading sessions,…

Storybarn on the Road workshops focus on reading for pleasure and feature a lively, exciting mix of interactive reading sessions, participation games, use of imagination and idea-sharing, all designed to help encourage a love of reading outside of the educational framework. In response to the current climate, our Storyhunters will focus on using Shared Reading to improve wellbeing. Using a great selection of stories and fun exercises, we’ll explore how we communicate, and discuss emotions and the importance of kindness. We hope our sessions will help children with their transition back into the school environment and with their interactions as individuals and groups.

English PSHE

200 200 The Reader Yes
Visit into school
EY - Key Stage 2

Liverpool Biennial

Liverpool Biennial 2021 Digital Learning Resources

Cost: FREE

Teachers and parents are invited to access cross-curricular Learning Resources created for Liverpool Biennial 2021, with creative activities to use…

Teachers and parents are invited to access cross-curricular Learning Resources created for Liverpool Biennial 2021, with creative activities to use in and outside the classroom (suitable for ages 3-16). Designed with school and home-learning settings in mind, these free resources include lesson plans, activities and videos for learners from KS1 – KS4. Covering a range of subjects, including English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, IT, Art & Design and Music, these resources will help children and young people to enjoy and discover the artists' practices and explore themes of the festival. Please visit our online portal to download existing resources and check for new activities over the duration of Liverpool Biennial 2021.  

Art & design Citizenship Dance Drama English Geography History Maths Music PE PSHE SMSC Science

free Liverpool Biennial Arts Award Yes
Digital/online activity or resource
EY - Key Stage 4

Liverpool Biennial

Kinship Activity Pack

Cost: FREE

Become an art critic, an artist and a storyteller through the Liverpool Biennial 2021 Kinship Activity Pack, which is full…

Become an art critic, an artist and a storyteller through the Liverpool Biennial 2021 Kinship Activity Pack, which is full of exciting things to do, make and learn. Designed for families with primary school age children (suitable for ages 3+), the pack includes a range of cross-curricular activities which can be used to explore the artworks across the city, whether out and about or from home. The Kinship Activity Pack can now be downloaded as a PDF file and physical copies will be available from all of our Liverpool Biennial venues when they open later this Spring. Collect all of the sheets and assemble them to create one huge activity pack!

Art & design Citizenship Dance Drama English Geography History Maths Music PE PSHE SMSC Science

free Liverpool Biennial Arts Award Yes
Digital/online activity or resource
EY - Key Stage 2

Liverpool Biennial

KeKeÇa Tutorials

Cost: FREE

Take part in learning body percussion with KeKeÇa (Ke – Ke – Cha) using free video tutorials and live sessions,…

Take part in learning body percussion with KeKeÇa (Ke - Ke - Cha) using free video tutorials and live sessions, released throughout Liverpool Biennial 2021. Participants of all ages can follow along! Using hands to clap, feet to stomp and voices to hum, learn how your body can be a musical instrument. During Liverpool Biennial this year, KeKeÇa are creating bite-sized lesson videos from 5 to 20 minutes in length for you to access on our online portal, where the new sessions are uploaded every Monday. Visit our portal to explore existing tutorials and learn more. Tag @Liverpoolbiennial @kekekca_bp and use the hash tag #KeKeCaChallenge on social media to show off what you have learnt from KeKeÇa!

Art & design Dance Drama Music PE

free Liverpool Biennial Arts Award Yes
Digital/online activity or resource
EY - Key Stage 5

Liverpool Biennial

Liverpool Biennial: Educator’s Private View of…

Cost: FREE

Liverpool Biennial is delighted to be hosting two Educators CPD Private Views on 25 March and 14 April to celebrate…

Liverpool Biennial is delighted to be hosting two Educators CPD Private Views on 25 March and 14 April to celebrate the launch of the first ‘outside’ chapter of The Stomach and The Port. The ‘outside’ chapter brings together elements of the Biennial that highlight the exterior notion of the port, including a major new series of outdoor sculpture, sonic and digital commissions, alongside the new Biennial Online Portal. Liverpool Biennial’s Learning Programme will be hosted on the Biennial Online Portal. We are thrilled to invite educators in the region to celebrate our opening and share information on our free Learning projects and resources which can be accessed on the Channel. The Educators Private Views will feature:
  • Introductions from Manuela Moscoso, Curator of Liverpool Biennial 2021
  • Jasmine Bertie, Learning Producer, and Claire Henderson, Learning Assistant
  • Free Biennial goody-bags for the first 50 sign-ups, supported by Cass Art (Must be in the Liverpool City Region or North West area)
  • Information on how to sign up your class, school, and community group with free workshops and resources to support your learning activities and connect with the international contemporary art practices presented in The Stomach and The Port.
Schedule 17:00 – 17:10 - Welcome and Housekeeping – Goodie Bag run through 17:10 – 17:15 - What is Liverpool Biennial? An Introduction 17:15 – 17:30 - Manuela Moscoso, Curator - The Stomach and The Port introduction 17:30 – 17:55 - Jasmine Bertie, Learning Producer – Learning Offer, What’s On 17:55 – 18:00 - KeKeÇa Video Sneak Peek / Comfort Break 18:00 – 18:10 - Claire Henderson, Learning Assistant – How to sign up and join 18:10 – 18:20 - Jasmine Bertie, Learning Producer – Arts Award and AOB 18:20 – 18:30 - Q & A and Thank you We also invite you to sign up to our Family and Schools Newsletter. Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and the Port opens from 20 March. To align with government guidelines, the second ‘inside’ chapter will launch the full festival of exhibitions and events hosted by key venues throughout Liverpool in late Spring. You can find out more about the Learning offer on the Biennial Online Portal which gives you information about how to engage with this year’s festival programme. About Liverpool Biennial Liverpool Biennial is the UK’s largest festival of contemporary visual art. Taking over unexpected and public spaces, historic sites and art galleries, the Biennial has been transforming the city through art for over two decades. The 11th edition, The Stomach and the Port, explores notions of the body and ways of connecting with the world. 50 international artists and two collectives are taking part in this year’s Biennial. A dynamic programme of free exhibitions, performances, screenings and fringe events unfolds over the 12 weeks, shining a light on the city’s vibrant cultural scene.

Art & design Citizenship Dance Drama English Gatsby benchmarks (skills for employment) Geography History Maths Music PE PSHE SMSC Science

free Liverpool Biennial Arts Award Yes
Digital/online activity or resource
EY - Key Stage 5