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Friday, 18 September 2015

Job Description - Arts in Schools Co-ordinator - WAP, CYP group

Job Description - Arts in Schools Co-ordinator

WAP - CYP Group



The Children & Young People’s (CYP) sub-group of Worcestershire Arts Partnership (WAP) is looking to appoint a project officer to provide consultation with schools and arts organisations  regarding the development of both a new ambassadors project and the creation of a new membership scheme for Voices and Visions, the long running Arts Education project for schools.


The overall aim is to increase schools participation in the arts generally, get feedback from schools on how best to deliver both programmes to identify specific “arts ambassador” teachers in as many schools as possible.


The Worcestershire Arts Partnership (WAP)


The WAP is increasingly the delivery arm of the County Arts Service. It aims to develop a thriving, high quality arts offer for Worcestershire and champion the arts through partnership.


WAP will do this by

  1. Building a stronger, confident and more resilient arts sector


  1. Brokering opportunities for arts organisations to deliver high quality arts provision to meet the outcomes of non-arts sectors that...
    • Improve the lives of children and families
    • Provide life-affirming health and wellbeing choices for all
    • Make Worcestershire a vibrant, appealing place to live, work and visit – contributing to a buoyant economy and sustainable environment


  1. Advocating for and championing what the arts can offer with a louder, combined voice


The Ambassador Project

This is a new initiative that will create a number of named arts ambassadors in schools and in the arts sector who will be contacts who will actively promote arts activities in their local area and to their pupils.  In return they will receive regular CPD opportunities from the Worcestershire Arts Partnership as well as regular information and support from the County Arts Service.


Voices and Visions

Voices and Visions is a long running schools arts project led by Worcestershire County Council that showcases arts activities from schools and more recently arts organisations. It is planned that this will now be driven through the Worcestershire Arts Partnership.

The work culminates in an annual showcase takes place at Worcester Cathedral each year. The Worcestershire Arts Partnership is investigating how Voices and Visions can become a membership based organisation to create greater sustainability. In 2015 over 90 schools took part in Voices and Visions.



The Arts in Schools Co-ordinator will:


  Liaise closely with the WAP / CYP group and in particular Lee Farley, Chair of the CYP group and Steve Wilson, Vice Chair of WAP.

  Arrange meetings with arts contacts in Worcestershire schools - either individual meetings or group meetings. We expect there to be at least five meetings as well as some email consultation.

  Share information about WAP, local arts activity, Arts Award, “Voices & Visions”.

  Identify individual teachers who are keen to act as “arts ambassadors” & get schools signed up to projects.

  Act as an advocate for the “Voices & Visions” project and the work of the WAP CYP group.

  Make notes from meetings and complete a final report with recommendation on the best way forwards for both projects.

  Make recommendations to engage those schools who do not take part in arts activities out of school time

  Link the activity to the promotion of Artsmarks and Arts Awards Scheme


Timeline & Outcomes:


November – December 2015 - meetings & contact with at least 20 local schools. Identify at least 15 Arts Ambassadors.

Mid Jan 2016 - final report on arts & schools; final content to be decided but should include statistics, contact details, feedback & case studies.


Project fee £2,500


Please send:


CV & no more than two side of A4s explaining why you are suitable for the role


An outline of your  proposed methodology



Time Line


Submissions needed by 4pm Monday 5th October


Interview Date Thursday 15th October 2015


Work to commence from 1st November and to be completed by 18th December 2015


Report to be undertaken  by 13th  of January 2016








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