Cultural Learning Alliance

The principal difference I can see between young people at Eton and those in our partner state schools is that the cultural reservoirs of our boys are continuously filled.

Tony Little
Head Master, Eton


North East

The following organisations work in the North East region and provide networks, advice and training for those working in cultural learning.

Creative Partnerships Northumberland, Newcastle and Gateshead fosters long-term partnerships which stimulate bold new ways of working, striving to bring teachers, families and creatives together and equipping them with the resources to enthral and inspire young people – making schools fun and exciting places to be. They aim to demystify the creative and cultural sectors, show pathways to future employment, and encourage ownership of the county's rich cultural heritage.

Customs House, North & South Tyneside
organise a dynamic and inspiring range of cultural activities for all the region's communities. The team delivers an extensive programme, including Creative Partnerships North & South Tyneside, Arts in Education across North and South Tyneside, Arts in the Community for South Tyneside, and Find Your Talent North & South Tyneside – as well as curating innovative contemporary visual arts exhibitions across four gallery spaces.

Dance City Creative Partnerships (Tees Valley) is situated in a strongly urban and industrialised setting covering five local authorities – Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool, Redcar & Cleveland, and Darlington. Its vision is to effect positive change in the aspirations, achievement and well-being of young people across the region by embedding creative practice in education, placing it at the heart of the regeneration of the Tees Valley.

The Forge, working in Durham and Sunderland, has established a national reputation for developing participatory arts work of the highest standard with children and young people. Their expertise is in developing high-quality participatory arts and cultural projects, building skills, capacity and vision through training, development and creative programmes to ensure that their work goes far beyond a project-based approach, embedding sustainable practice for children and young people.

The Centre for Creativity and Learning, University of Sunderland aims to deliver a research-focused programme of work through partnerships and collaborations between partner schools and the cultural sector that extends creative learning, develops new knowledge, and brokers new collaborations and cultural production within school settings across Durham and Sunderland.

The Sage Gateshead values all kinds of music equally and is committed to including, inspiring and encouraging everyone through learning, participation and performance, creating access to excellence in all aspects of its work. Its approach to professional learning allows it to develop and sustain a diverse workforce in The Sage Gateshead and beyond through a range of opportunities.
Early Years and Family Learning session at Seaham Surestart, The Sage Gateshead. Photo: Cdan Brady
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