The Manchester Cultural Education Partnership launched on Monday 9 March 2020, uniting teachers, pupils and leading cultural organisations to ‘add magic’ to lessons in everything from science to history, as well as increasing creative opportunities out of school.
All images by Lauryn Hampton.
Jake McMeekan and Carmen King from Chorlton High School perform a song they wrote for the launch of the MCEP, and Cllr Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Skills, Culture and Leisure at Manchester City Council introduces the Partnership:
'Looking to the future, it’s accepted that creativity will help our children to access jobs and excel in the workplace, but while they are still young, encounters with creatives and new ways of thinking can accelerate their understanding of academic themes, link subjects together and enhance essential wellbeing.
Manchester Cultural Education Partnership is the first time that Manchester, a city that’s home to so many internationally-renowned cultural organisations and events, has formalised a city-wide commitment to working in this way.’
Jardel Rodrigues, a poet with Young Identity, talks about the impact culture has had on his career, and performs his sonnet Alexandrines.
The Partnership Launch Week saw thirteen projects take place across the city, in both schools and cultural organisations. Read on for some examples.
Artists and scientists from the University of Manchester came to teach Claremont Primary School’s science lesson at the Whitworth art gallery, which included use of the gallery’s current wallpaper exhibition.
‘A fantastic day packed full of enjoyable and engaging science and art activities. Content was pitched perfectly and all staff were extremely knowledgeable and inspiring – thank you!’ - teacher from Claremont Primary
National Curriculum Subject: Science
Z-arts in partnership with Manchester Sensory Support Service and Manchester Deaf Centre provided an opportunity for deaf students aged 11 - 16 to have fun and “reach for the stars” through the medium of screen printing.
‘It was the perfect opportunity to discuss wellbeing and positive self image in a safe environment with deaf peers, deaf adults and specialist staff from the MSSS. Everyone left with a smile on their face and a beautiful bag to take home.’ - Tina Kirwin-McGinley, Manchester Sensory Support Service.
National Curriculum Subject: Art and Design
As well as a sharing opportunity with parents at the end of the session, the workshop also signposted children and parents to the free Junior Jam music sessions for 5-8’s that takes place at Manchester Central Library.
An exciting journey into strange and wonderful sounds hidden in everyday objects, with lots of hands-on experimentation, some rhythm games and a chance to make a soundscape to tell a story!
National Curriculum Subjects: Science and Music
Z-arts organised a workshop for a class of Year 2 at St. Wilfrid’s RC Primary School in Hulme, teaching castles through the medium of song and dance.
‘The children really enjoyed the session with Josi and it related perfectly with their topic on castles.’ - Michael Bell, St Wilfrid’s Primary.
National Curriculum Subject: History
Poet Keisha Thompson ran two workshops for Year 7 on mathematical concepts as metaphor, using concepts such as equations, logic to discuss non-mathematical topics.
‘Students very much enjoyed the opportunity to work with a published poet and they also liked the idea of turning a mathematical concept into a poem – they have explored extended metaphors before so this fitted in nicely with their prior learning’ - Caroline Morgan, teacher at Chorlton High
National Curriculum Subjects: Maths and English
Other partnerships included the Manchester Camerata going into Bridgelea PRU, where, in alignment with recent school activity, two musicians delivered a music workshop about building a treehouse. The Manchester International Festival delivered an activity at the Manchester Communications Academy and various schools took part in a range of activities across the Manchester Museum, the Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Central Library, some of which also tied in with National Science Week.
The Manchester Cultural Education will continue to partner great cultural organisations with schools across Manchester. If you’d like to get involved, get in touch!