Tameside Council Cultural Services have been awarded the status of good practice centre for Arts Award delivery by Trinity College, the awarding body for 2014-15.
Arts Award is a national qualification and arts programme for children and young people aged five to 25 and is supported by Arts Council England (ACE) and managed by Trinity College. It provides a learning pathway in arts and culture and has become a major success for Tameside as a whole.
The cultural services team support the programme in schools, colleges, community settings and with harder-to-reach groups through training and development days for leaders and advisers, and also by providing bespoke learning logs with support from Curious Mind, the bridging organisation for ACE in the North West.
Uptake since June, 2013, has been unprecedented with more than 90 per cent of the borough’s schools taking up the offer which allows them access to resources which highlight Tameside’s cultural assets.The service have also trained an infrastructure of more than 150 advisers in schools, cultural organisations and in community settings. There is a robust strategic plan to support the development of the offer in Tameside over the next four years.
Ashton Sixth Form College have pledged to offer the full range of awards up to gold level which gives successful participants points towards a university place.Tameside Cultural Services have also worked with several high-profile organisations to create national logs including the National Theatre for the national production of “War Horse”, the BBC for the Ten Pieces classical music project, and the Halle Orchestra for Rumble in the Jungle.
Jackie Lane, Tameside Council’s assistant executive member for culture, said: “We are so proud of what has been achieved in such a small period of time"
Vanessa Rothwell, Arts and Engagement Manager added:
" We are indebted to all the advisers, cultural organisations and schools who have wholeheartedly joined in with and supported this journey. For Tameside to have national recognition for cultural excellence is a huge honour".