Cultural Curriculum for Bristol

The purpose of the Cultural Curriculum for Bristol project is to explore and test ways in which schools can work with artists and arts organisations in ways that have a demonstrably positive impact on children’s learning and attainment.

In recent years, “academicisation” and the drive towards Ebacc and STEM subjects has led to a decline in cultural education in schools. We passionately believe that learning through the arts can have a positive impact on children. This CCfB project is an opportunity to explore and test collaborative ways of working that respond to what teachers actually need in this complex, changing, education environment; and to present an evidence-based assessment of the impact of learning through the arts on children’s learning and attainment – which is critical in making the case for cultural education.

The project is led by Bristol Plays Music, who are working with the E-ACT academy chain of primary schools and 4 arts partners (Bristol Plays Music, Theatre Bristol, Spike IslandBristol Old Vic), working with the University of the West of England’s Department of Education to design and evaluate the research. The project is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

The 4 E-ACT primary schools are: Ilminster Avenue, Greenfield, Hareclive, and St Ursula’s academies.

Theatre Bristol has engaged a Dance Leader, Laura Street, to ensure that Dance practice is represented in the research.


Read our blogs about the project:

26th September 2017: Being A Dance Artist and an Early Years teacher can work, right?

We asked dance artist Laura Street to write about her experience as she recently trained as an Early Years teacher. It’s an enlightening read, especially eye-opening for any artist who might be interested in teaching in or working with schools.

31st July 2017: First Steps

Tanuja Amarasuriya updates us on the first steps of the CCfB project pilot, finding ways to effectively embed art and creativity into the national curriculum for young learners.

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