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Medway Cultural Education Partnership


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Medway Cultural Education Partnership: Consultant brief

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust, on behalf of Medway Cultural Education Partnership (MCEP) is seeking to commission an individual or organisation to complete a review of the structure, governance and membership of MCEP and to produce an action plan and fundraising strategy for the next phase of the partnership. We imagine this piece of work will take approximately six months and report by the end of March 2022. We would like the contract to begin as soon as possible. MCEP has recently been awarded Partnership Investment from ROH Bridge to carry out this work.

What is the Medway Cultural Education Partnership? 

Medway Local Cultural Education Partnership (MCEP) is a Cultural Education Partnership formed with the support of the Royal Opera House Bridge as part of Arts Councils England’s Cultural Education Challenge. It has been in existence since 2016. MCEP comprises art and cultural organisations, educational institutions and local authorities that come together to drive a joined-up art and cultural education offer locally, to share resources and bring about a more coherent and visible delivery of cultural education through partnership working.

Who are The Thinking Schools Academy Trust?

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust, comprised of 19 infant, junior, primary and secondary academies, operating as four geographical hubs across the South of England believes that every young person in our community deserves to have the best opportunities in life, regardless of their individual circumstances. With an established hub in Medway,  our commitment to supporting young people in the area and our belief in building their cultural capital and awareness through engagement with local arts, museums and heritage partners is deeply embedded amongst our schools and we are incredibly proud of this.

We are seeking expressions of interest in completing the following tasks on our behalf:

  1. Review the structure, governance and membership of MCEP to ensure it is fit for purpose, including exploring connections to other strategic networks 
  2. Develop an action plan for the next 18 months, covering the Partnership Investment programme period
  3. Develop a fundraising and evaluation strategy for the Partnership Investment programme 
  4. Support TSAT to complete Phase 1 report to ROH Bridge in line with their contract objectives
  5. Lead on MCEP Chair recruitment


Background Information

The MCEP secured partnership investment from Royal Opera House Bridge and Medway Council over the period March 2018 to July 2020 to develop a pilot programme to deliver Effective and Enlightening Transitions - this programme focused additional resources on those pupils at most risk of exclusion, with a group of pilot schools before, during and immediately after their transition from Year 6 to Year 7. 

The DCMS, via Arts Council England have awarded £1 million to the Medway Cultural Education Partnership in partnership with the Isle of Sheppey Cultural Education Partnership as part of its Youth Performance Partnership Fund – one of only five successful applications nationwide. The Medway and Isle of Sheppey programme is called Theatre31. It takes its title from Article 31 of the UN Convention on Rights of the Child, which declares every child’s right to participate fully and freely in cultural and artistic life. This idea is central to Theatre31, with young people expected to take centre stage in devising the opportunities and activities of the programme.

On 2nd December 2019, the Medway Creative Schools Network (MCSN) was launched with 60 schools in attendance from across all phases of schools in Medway. This network continues with termly meetings and brings schools together to connect and share learning and resources, to improve creative & cultural learning.

The current partnership investment opportunity comes at a crucial point for ensuring MCEP continues to develop alongside wider strategic plans for Medway. Arts Council England, working with Core Cities Group and the Key Cities Group identified Medway as an early adopter of ‘Cultural Compact status’. Medway Creative Compact will bring together interconnecting sectors such as culture and creativity with health, business, voluntary, regeneration and education providing Medway with a more joined up approach to culture with the MCEP as a key strategic partner. 

The new Cultural Strategy for Medway will help shape arts and culture in the City for the next ten years. Medway is also bidding to become City of Culture 2025 and young people voices are at the heart of the bid.

The Place Board brings together key organisations and individuals across Medway and will provide a continuing senior and strong presence, standing up for Medway and playing an active role in taking Medway forward. The Place board is interlinked with each of the key groups focused on Medway Place making, including the MCEP, helping to provide a coherent structure to partnership working as we all seek to establish Medway as a great place to live, work, learn and visit.


Application process 

Interested parties should send their expressions of interest (1,500-word maximum) to Jasmin Chudasama, describing their approach to this brief and their relevant professional experience by Tuesday 31st August 2021, 11:59pm. Online interviews of those shortlisted will be held on Wednesday 8th September, 2021. Please accompany your application with a recent up to date CV of anyone who would be involved in this work, an outline time budget, and your daily rate. We imagine this will represent 40 - 45 days work.

The following criteria will be used to appraise the applications: 

Clarity and relevance of approach to the task; experience of high-quality cultural learning and experience working with LCEPs; value for money. We welcome applicants from the diverse communities our region serves. Enquiries about this brief should be directed to Jasmin Chudasama, 

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.


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