Northants Cultural Education Partnership

Northants Cultural Education Partnership brings together leading arts, education and community organisations across the county to support young people, schools and local groups to unlock access to high quality cultural opportunities.

Royal & Derngate Theatre

Recognised nationally for its expertise in Creative Learning, Royal & Derngate has been invited to lead the Local Cultural Education Partnership for Northamptonshire. Royal & Derngate’s innovative education provision engages young people across all ages and needs, providing bespoke projects, workshops and training opportunities in both schools and community settings that place creativity at the centre of teaching and learning. Royal & Derngate has 26,000 attendances a year across its education, youth theatre, community and festival provision, with all ages engaging in arts training and creative activities. 

Royal & Derngate is an Artsmark Partner and an Arts Award Centre engaging with schools to deliver Arts Award and achieve Artsmark status. Arts Award is offered across Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. The theatre also has an award-nominated Arts Leaders programme and has established Assistant Practitioner schemes to develop the next generation of cultural entrepreneurs.  Click on the photos to find out more.

Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust

NMPAT  is  an independent charity and the lead partner in the Northamptonshire Music Education Hub, nationally recognised as one of the leading music services in the country. It maintains over 30 county ensembles - orchestras, brass, wind and jazz bands, choirs, chamber ensembles, world music groups and a Youth Theatre, 13 Saturday morning music centres and Rock Schools that enable students to join with others to form bands and perform in contemporary genres. The Trust maintains educational contact with nearly every state school in the county and last year, NMPAT enabled over 21,000 children to engage in playing a musical instrument. Click on the photos to take you to their website.

Made With Many 

 Made With Many is a community led arts programme which produces events and activities designed to surprise, delight and inspire. The programme aims to encourage more people than ever before to take the lead in experiencing, creating and taking part in high quality arts and cultural activities. Through conversations with local people and community decision-making panels, Made With Many puts the community at the heart of commissioning artists and producing new and exciting events for those in the Corby and Wellingborough areas of Northamptonshire. To find out more about the work they do, click on the photos.

Fermynwoods Contemporary Art 

Fermynwoods Contemporary Art is an educational charity that  commissions  innovative and meaningful ways for visual artists to engage  with audiences in public spaces across Northamptonshire and online. They are committed to offering children and young people high quality visual arts and multi-media opportunities and experiences.  This organisation's flagship education provision with The CE Academy, a yearlong provision (including Arts Award) for young people excluded from mainstream education is now in it's 10th year and has provided both work placement opportunities and case studies to students from University of Northampton's BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs and Inclusion degree. Click on the photo to find out more.

The Core

The Core at Corby Cube has the provision of high quality performance activity for and by children and young people and opportunities to develop as cultural leaders at the centre of its vision, building on six years of success in this area. Having developed a refreshed and measurable Creative Projects model, the theatre’s  Get Involved  programme aims to achieve 15,484 attendances by children and young people in 2018/19, rising to 16,314 by 2021/22. The Core will be working with artists and writers to commission and devise high quality new work by and for young people and will continue to offer theatre programmes for 5-11 year olds with a view to giving Corby young people clear progression pathways to collaborate from age 5 to 25 across theatre, dance and young leadership.  To see more about what The Core has to offer, click on the photo.

David Ross Education Trust

DRET is a leading multi-academy trust that believes that every child should have the opportunity to create, compose, and perform, and has set an ambition to use the Artsmark programme across its academy schools (14 of which are based in Northamptonshire) to help unlock the potential of children and young people. DRET aims to  offer students a quality of musical education equal to that which is offered in the independent sector and has recently pioneered an award winning Singing Schools project that is showing significant impact on student attainment levels. The David Ross Education Trust facilitates the involvement of DRET schools in Innovation Projects and also connects Northants CEP into the David Ross Foundation which has a mission to promote equal access to the arts.    For more information on DRET, click on the photo. 

South Northamptonshire Council

As Arts Development Officer for Cherwell & South Northants Council, Sue Carverhill is the council link for Northants CEP, bringing a vital local authority perspective to the development and delivery of a new strategy for children and young people's engagement for the area. Click on the photo for more information.

Founding Partners