Policy and practice round-up June 2012

28 June 2012

As the school year draws to a close we bring you news of new delivery structures for chaotic families, Skills Academy funding for cultural heritage, design and jewellery, Renaissance museum funding, ideas and models for working across our sectors and not one, but two, winners of the Clore Award for Museum Learning.

Troubled Families programme

£448m is going towards working with chaotic families over the next three years. The Troubled Families programme, which works with a payment by results model, has been agreed by all top tier local authorities. A key part of the work is a joined up approach to get parents in to work and improve the education and health of families. This is also taking forward the idea of Community budgets.

We’d love to hear from any of you involved in the programme and how it is working at a local level.

Read more about the plans here and for those of you interested in the nitty gritty of which families and how much money the detail is here.

New investment in Creative and Cultural National Skills Academy

We were pleased to hear that the Department for Business Innovation and Skills is investing £1.5m in the National Skills Academy Creative and Cultural to extend their work to include Cultural Heritage, Design and Jewellery. Working with a range of partners from across the cultural sector in their first year the Skills Academy will prioritise:

  1. Developing new careers programmes for young people wishing to enter the creative and cultural industries
  2. Supporting the development of industry-led higher-level apprenticeships and training
  3. Developing new Group Training Associations to support the uptake of apprentices within the creative sector
  4. Building the network of education and training providers who are committed to excellence in provision for the creative sector
  5. Developing new professional standards and enhancing provision of professional development for those working in the industry.

Read more on the CCSkills site here.

ACE museum funding

The final part of the museum Renaissance funding jigsaw was announced by Arts Council this month. The Renaissance Strategic Fund will have £7 million available in 2012-13 and £15 million a year in 2013-14 and 2014-15. The money will be used to plug gaps in provision and deliver the ACE priorities for museums set out in Culture, knowledge and understanding: great museums and libraries for everyone. The first year of funding is being directly commissioned by ACE and there will be an open application process for years two and three.

Work that Matters: toolkit for school project work

Building on the Innovation Unit and Paul Hamlyn Learning Futures project, and in partnership with the High Tech High Schools in San Diego, Work that Matters: a teachers’ guide to project-based learning, has been published. It explains how to design and run projects that begin with an enquiry and end with a public exhibition. Could this be a model for future cross-sector collaborations?

Congratulations …

The CLA was delighted to be at the British Museum for the announcement of this year’s Clore Award for Museum Learning. Huge congratulations to the joint winners the Whitworth Art Gallery for its work with early years groups and Leicestershire County Council Heritage and Arts Service for its work with young learners with special needs.

Congratulations also to the 1,580 schools and settings that received an Artsmark in round 12 this month. Trinity College will be delivering Artsmark accreditation from September and will be offering an online community of practice as well as a rolling applications process.

We hope you have a great end of term, and just before we finish, a request from one of our partners for those of you in the Bath and North East Somerset area:

If you work within the field of arts, health and wellbeing in the BANES area (Bath and North East Somerset), this is your opportunity to give the community a stronger voice in articulating the value of the relationship between arts and wellbeing to funders and decision makers.

Just take part in this research survey by July 14th.

We need to involve as many practitioners in the research as possible. If you have any questions about the research, please contact Antonia Clews: