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Voluntary Post: DCEP Independent Chair
Doncaster Cultural Education Partnership (DCEP) is looking for a new independent Chair to provide strategic leadership to DCEP meetings. Role Description The chair will be passionate about connecting young people with great arts and culture in Doncaster and act as an ambassador and spokesperson for cultural Education and the DCEP. The chair will ensure that the DCEP is governed effectively and is functional through its meetings, working groups and events.  In collaboration with the DCEP, the chair will consider issues, risks and opportunities and come to well-founded decisions that align with the DCEP’s vision and mission. Duties and Responsibilities Core responsibilities and duties will include:
  • Provide strategic leadership and governance to the partnership, ensuring it has identified appropriate actions and is delivering within its vision and mission
  • Chair DCEP meetings effectively and efficiently, bringing impartiality and objectivity to the decision making process
  • Work closely with the DCEP leads to ensure meetings are well planned, meaningful and reflect the responsibilities of members
  • Motivate members to fulfil their responsibilities and are encouraged to be accountable for their commitments
  • Galvanise members engagement, helping to ensure that decisions are taken in the best, long-term interests of the partnership and that members take collective ownership
  • Help DCEP to build and maintain relationships with partners and other senior figures in the local authority, cultural and education sectors
Specialist Skills and Knowledge Skills, knowledge and experience required to fulfil the role include, but are not limited to:
  • Experience of operating at a strategic leadership level, preferably, within an the education or culture sector, or both
  • Demonstrate commitment to the purpose and objectives of the partnership
  • Experience of chairing meetings and events (preferable)
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of cultural education sector and current issues affecting it
  • Ability to foster and promote a collaborative team environment and motivate people
Terms The Chair will serve a three-year term, and be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term of three years. This position could be filled by one person, or offered to two people to work together as co-chairs. Apply Applicants should send a letter of application (two sides of A4 max.) setting out suitability for the role to jo.mcquade@doncaster.gov.uk by midday on 18th May 2021 Interviews will be held Friday 21st May 2021 via Zoom. Contact Jo McQuade at the email address above for further information or to arrange an informal discussion of the requirements of the role. The successful candidate will be able to join the next DCEP meeting which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 15th June 15:30 – 17:00 via Zoom. All further meeting dates are to be arranged. The DCEP The DCEP was one of the first Local Cultural Education Partners to be established within our region, in 2015, in response to the arts council's Education Challenge. It brings together cultural organisations, educational institutions and the local authority to deliver their shared vision: “To see all children and young people, engaging in, learning from and enriched by quality creative experiences across the borough”. The DCEP reports to the Doncaster Growing Together Arts & Culture Programme Board which is helping to achieve Doncaster’s borough strategy. The DCEP leads on advocating for Cultural Education in Doncaster's Culture Strategy. You can read more about the partnership on our website.
Tuesday 4th of May 2021Read More
Royal Opera House – Free Training and Support for Teachers!
Doncaster is proud to continue to work with The Royal Opera House’s national learning programme, in a bold and ambitious 3 year partnership which started in 2019. Through the National Learning Programme, the Royal Opera House will work with every school in Doncaster over three years. For information on how your school can engage, please contact, Cultural Education Manager, Susan Kerrigan: susan@castindoncaster.com. Join the Royal Opera House’s FREE virtual teacher training sessions, and explore how our National Programmes can enrich your students’ creative learning. Our Create and DanceCreate and Sing and Create and Design programmes support teachers in delivering the national curriculum by providing innovative training, resources and schemes of work exploring ballet, opera and theatrecraft. No specialist training is required, so book your place to join your teaching peers and our ROH practitioners via the links below. Create and Sing When: Thursday 25th of March and Tuesday 20th April 2021 (4-6pm) Where: Online Age Group: Key Stages 1-3 Get your class from page to stage, and performing their own opera, with Create and Sing! Aimed at teachers of Key Stages 1-3, our two-part online twilight training course, led by ROH drama and music practitioners, introduces the Create and Sing programme, its pedagogy and resources. We will be delivering our online two-part training for teachers from Doncaster on the 25th of March and the 20th of April. Each training course focuses on our 5-lesson Explorer courses, based on either Hansel and Gretel or Carmen. The associated resources support teachers wanting to offer their students a special (but manageable) summer project. The Royal Opera House and Doncaster Music Hub are exploring a possible summer event or digital project celebrating the creative work of Doncaster schools participating in Create and Sing. Create and Sing teacher training offers an opportunity to come together and explore, learn and have fun. If you’re interested in running a creative learning project this summer, or just want to learn more about the programme, join us by registering on our Learning Platform. If you are unable to attend the Doncaster training, then please enrol in one of our Nationally available dates included in the listing below. ENROL FOR CREATE AND SING HERE Create and Dance CPD When: Tuesday 27th of April 2021 (3.30-6pm) Where: Online Unlock your students’ imagination and creativity with Create and Dance! Create and Dance are offering a 'Refresher' CPD to all schools in Doncaster who attended training in 2019/20. This training will be delivered virtually as a twilight session on Tuesday 27th of April 2021. A team of Royal Opera House dance artists will recap the Building Blocks of dance and take you through the basics of motif development, character dancing and performance skills focusing on the Alice's Adventures in Wonderland scheme of work. This session will be designed to re-energise and encourage teachers to plan to deliver a Create and Dance project in the Summer term and beyond. Create and Dance is a creative learning programme, created with teachers, providing ballet for children in primary schools across England. The programme provides classroom-based and digital activities, as well as resources to encourage dancing at home, with strong curriculum links, giving students a better understanding of dance and unlocking their imagination and creativity.  If you are interested in attending a full course (delivered over two twilight sessions) then please enrol in one of our Nationally available dates included in the listing below. ENROL FOR CREATE AND DANCE HERE Create and Design CPD When: Thursday 17th of June 2021 (10 - 1pm or 2 - 5pm) Where: Cast Doncaster Take your class on a journey into the magical world of theatrecraft with Create and Design! Our CPD sessions with a professional stage designer aim to inspire your teaching practice. You’ll learn how to implement our new scheme of work (based on the ballet Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) in the classroom, as well as try out some class activities and get hints and tips for your delivery. Aligned to the Key Stage 2 national curriculum framework for Design and Technology, Create and Design gives budding young designers the tools to develop their own concept for a stage set model, supported throughout the design process by our comprehensive range of online resources. We will be delivering in-person CPD in Doncaster in CAST on Thursday 17th of June, register for this event on our Learning Platform. ENROL FOR CREATE AND DESIGN HERE Amy McGann, Director of National Programmes at the Royal Opera House says ‘The Royal Opera House's national learning and participation programmes (Create and Dance, Create and Sing, Design and Make) have committed to working with every school in Doncaster over the next three years. We are delighted to welcome all Doncaster teachers to our upcoming CPD’s and to introduce you to these programmes.’ Deborah Rees, Director of CAST says ‘This partnership marks a shared ambition for culture in Doncaster. Positive outcomes for local young people remain our greatest challenge as a town and our most exciting opportunity to inspire a generation. Culture should be an essential part of every childhood, so to see every school participate and enjoy in this fantastic cultural experience is a great step forward in our collective responsibility to help our children thrive.’
Monday 8th of March 2021Read More
100 Doncaster Things to do Before You’re 11…
100 Doncaster Things to do Before You're 11... From building a den at Sandall Beat Wood to finding a fossilised dinosaur at Doncaster Museum, there are so many exciting things to do in Doncaster! Now there is a definitive list of the 100 things to do in Doncaster before you’re 11! Click here to visit the website.
Tuesday 2nd of March 2021Read More

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