Case studies


Artsmark Partnerships

The Liverpool Learning Partnership promotes and supports Artsmark as part of its role in championing cultural education. In 2019 we offered schools and cultural partners the opportunity to work together, to raise awareness of the Artsmark Partnership programme. The following five partnerships emerged:

dot-art Schools & St Hilda’s Church of England High School – Hybrid Photography Adventures

MakoDigital Arts with Sandfield Park School – Creative Digital Music Workshops

MyMasterpiece, St Julie’s High School & Blackmoor Park Primary School – Art exhibition, graffiti workshops & mural service

Osun Arts with St Cecilia’s Infants School – Participatory African Arts

The Big Event

The Big Event took place at The Unity Theatre, Liverpool over October 2019 half term. Again, activity was funded by the Sister Gwen Appleton Trust and Arts Award by the Liverpool Learning Partnership.

English National Opera (ENO) – Opera Squad Takeover days

In Autumn 2019, ENO’s Opera Squad Takeover days launched year-long residencies in four secondary schools in Liverpool: The Academy of St Nicholas, The Academy of St Francis of Assisi, Archbishop Beck Catholic College and King Leadership Academy. The takeover days introduced opera and ENO to the whole school community, helping raise the profile of the arts in the school.

Opera Squad at Academy of St Nicholas


Cultural Citizens

Building on the successful Curious Minds Cultural Citizens pilot in 2016-17, which the Liverpool Cultural Education Partnership supported, we have sustained our Liverpool Cultural Citizens programme over the last two years with funding from The Sister Gwen Appleton Trust.


Creative Futures Merseyside

Creative curriculum activities & resources

Using partnership investment from Curious Minds, the LCEP funded schools to develop new curriculum activity and resources with arts and cultural education partners. These linked to priorities that schools had identified:

  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education
  • Transition through key stages (e.g. primary to secondary)

Schools worked with a diverse range of arts and cultural partners and linked learning to many curriculum subjects, including music, history, geography, science and literacy, for example: