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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 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: 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
Musical moments for Primary Schools
Doncaster Music Service have worked in collaboration with Sheffield Music Hub to produce weekly ‘Musical Moments’ videos for primary schools to support with learning in school and at home during this period. For ALL primary schools
  • Weekly “Musical Moments” videos – these 15 minute videos provide engaging, informative and educational musical content. They can be easily played on a school whiteboard and sent home.
  • Printable creative, musical Home Learning resources.
Click the link to access: Musical Moments 2.0 - Episode 1, Pitch featuring Heather Musical Moments 2.0 - Episode 2, Pulse & Rhythm featuring the Percussion Team Musical Moments 2.0 Episode 3 - Dynamics featuring the Woodwind Team Musical Moments 2.0 Episode 4 - Timbre featuring the Brass Team Musical Moments Playlist (where all the weekly videos will be uploaded)
Tuesday 23rd of February 2021Read More
Doncaster turns a page with brand new storytelling festival
Nine cultural organisations have joined forces to create Doncaster’s first ever storytelling festival to celebrate a range of stories from around the world and stimulate creativity. Hosted by Doncaster Cultural Education Partnership together with local literacy campaign Doncaster Stories, the festival is bookended by National Storytelling Week, starting Monday 1 February, and finishes on Thursday 4 March with the grand finale of World Book Day. The storytelling festival will be hosted on the Doncaster CEP website and involves several local organisations:
  • Doncaster Stories
  • Cast Theatre
  • Adult Family and Community Learning
  • Doncaster Libraries
  • BME United Doncaster
  • Hungry Little Minds
  • darts
  • Heritage Doncaster
Members of DCEP landed on the idea of a storytelling festival to create a programme of free (or subsidized for those who need it) virtual events from different organisations that families and schools can access in one place instead of being overwhelmed by competing offers. Whilst COVID restrictions mean that the festival will be online for its first year, it’s hoped that in the future it can be celebrated with a series of free in-person events. Research from the National Literacy Trust shows that storytelling has provided solace for young people during lockdown. Of the 4,141 children aged 8 to 18 who were surveyed, 1 in 3 said they were reading more during lockdown, 1 in 4 said they were listening to more, and 1 in 5 said they were writing more often. [1] The research also shows that audiobooks help children relax, whilst reading and writing helped children feel better when they couldn’t see their family and friends. The Doncaster Storytelling festival hopes to harness this increased literacy engagement with lots of feel-good activities and events throughout the month. Activities include live workshops on Microsoft Teams, a young writers club with CAST Theatre, storytelling videos exploring different identities and cultures, book giveaways, and content from popular children’s authors. There will also be creative resources that take children away from screens after a day of home-learning such as using a dice to build a story and heading outdoors to play in the mud. There’s even an opportunity for volunteers to create their own storytelling videos as part of the festival, and they’re especially interested in working with people from minority backgrounds – anyone wanting to get involved with the project should contact Phil Sheppard, For more information about the festival, please visit where families can find a full schedule of events. Phil Sheppard, Senior Project Officer for Doncaster Stories, said: “There’s always lots going on around reading and books at this time of year, spurred on by events like National Storytelling Week and World Book Day. So instead of organising lots of separate activities, we thought it would be more impactful if we all came together to create one big event under the same name. Doncaster Storytelling Festival is all about using the power of stories to celebrate diversity in the widest sense of the word and I’m really looking forward to spotlighting uplifting and empowering content.” Susan Kerrigan, Culture Education Manager for Doncaster CEP, said: “The partners have pulled together some fantastic activities that both teachers and families can use to connect children and young people with creative activities at home.  It would be lovely to see how our young people take part by sharing their photos and videos on social media using the hashtag #DoncasterStories. I can wait to see and share their creativity online.”
Friday 29th of January 2021Read More
Bags of Creativity – DCEP in action!
During the first lockdown IVE, the Bridge Organisation for Yorkshire and the Humber, worked with us at Doncaster Cultural Education Partnership and Children’s Services in Doncaster to deliver the Bags of Creativity project. Over 1000 bags were packed with creative activities and inspiring materials to be delivered to children and young people in Doncaster.  The bags are designed to make sure all children and young people can be creative at home by providing everything they need in one place. DCEP recruited a team of local artists and creative organisations to design activities for Bags of Creativity which have been printed onto double sided postcards. Child development specialists, Dr Karen Dunn and Di Chilvers provided training and mentoring to the team to ensure that activities are both tailored to the contents of the bags and engaging for children in each age range. Bags of Creativity, containing the 20 specially designed activity postcards, were created for three separate age groups. For 2-6-year-olds, an orange bag contained vibrant chiffon scarves, a space blanket, and many other materials to enhance imaginative play. 7-11-year-olds received a bright green bag full of colouring pencils, pipe cleaners and further tactile materials for creative expression. 12-16-year-olds received a navy-blue bag with contents including watercolour paints and modelling clay, giving them additional ways to explore their creativity. LazenbyBrown of York designed the Bags of Creativity free of charge. Many thanks to everyone involved in making this wonderful project happen. A special mention to the DCEP members who packed up the bags with the postcards and resources.  The postcards can be downloaded from the Kids Activities page of Cast’s website here. Here's are a few examples: For ages 2-6 For ages 7-11 For ages 12-16
Tuesday 5th of January 2021Read More
Aladdin Poetry Competition
Cast have an exciting creative writing opportunity and competition coming up, and we thought it would be perfect for your students to get involved in. Every student who enters will receive a certificate to be presented in assembly, and their poem will be collected in a poetry book to be displayed in Cast's Book Nook in the foyer. One winner will be chosen, and they will receive a family ticket to our pantomime and their entry will be published in our panto programme. The poem must be about either Aladdin or pantomimes, or be inspired by either theme. All poems must be no longer than 1 side of A4 and entrants must be between the ages of 5-11. Form and style are not important, so we're happy for you to suggest something that works into your upcoming lesson plans. If you would like any further information please email or call 01302 303 950. Or send poems to either or post to Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU Entries must be submitted by the 25th June 2021.
Tuesday 5th of January 2021Read More
Doncaster Dances!
This summer The Royal Ballet, in partnership with Cast and Doncaster Council, set themselves a mission to get Doncaster Dancing. The special project, a first for The Royal Ballet, has resulted in a unique community dance film called Doncaster Dances. You can watch it now below: Inspired by the choreography of Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet Romeo and Juliet, with synchronicity to today’s lockdown themes of love and separation, family, friendship and solidarity. The film also features Doncaster local and Royal Ballet dancer Charlotte Tonkinson and fellow Royal Ballet dancer Joseph Aumeer. Doncaster residents, primary schools, sports clubs, care homes and dance schools were supported with online resources from the Royal Opera House, alongside remote direction from The Royal Ballet to learn routines inspired by Romeo and Juliet.  The project brought together more than 130 residents, 6 community groups, 2 care homes and 2 local schools to get Doncaster dancing and celebrate movement in this isolating and challenging time. In 2019 the Royal Opera House announced this exciting partnership with Doncaster residents through Doncaster Creates (Doncaster’s Culture Development programme). This programme of cultural learning activity includes a commitment to work in every school in Doncaster over the next three years. As part of this partnership The Royal Ballet was due to perform at Cast Theatre in July 2020, however sadly both events were postponed due to the pandemic. Eager to continue its commitment to Doncaster and to bring dance to the community, The Royal Ballet, Cast and Doncaster Council have worked together to get Doncaster Dancing. Member of Parliament for Doncaster North, Ed Miliband, helped to establish Doncaster Creates as the region’s first cultural community project to harness and nurture the creativity of Doncaster. Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet comments, ‘The Royal Ballet were determined that the pandemic would not interfere with our plans for engaging with Doncaster residents and sharing the enriching experience of dance. Kenneth MacMillan’s powerful setting of Romeo and Juliet has always fired the collective imagination and was the perfect springboard for a process of creative exploration during dark times. Doncaster Dances has proved just how empowering the arts can be and is a wonderful testament to the resilience of the human spirit. This beautiful film is both poignant and optimistic, demonstrating that everyone in the community, young and old, can unite through dance.' Deborah Rees, Director of Cast adds, ‘Cast is delighted to be working in partnership with The Royal Ballet and that despite the pandemic, together we have found a way to engage with Doncaster communities through the inspirational programme Doncaster Dances.  The end result of this programme is an amazing film showcasing Doncaster’s talent and resilience and our thanks go to The Royal Ballet and the people of Doncaster for making this happen.' Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster said, ‘This Doncaster Dances premiere is the culmination of a tremendous project with The Royal Ballet. It has involved local residents, schools, community groups and care homes from across the borough, giving them the opportunity to learn a new skill, get active and have some fun with dancers from one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world. Making this happen during these most difficult of times is a big achievement.'
Tuesday 11th of August 2020Read More
Culture Spies
Culture Spies is a new  scheme launched by Cast, in partnership with darts and Right Up Our Street.   Culture Spies are a team of roving reporters, aged 7-18, reporting on Doncaster’s Cultural Events. 
Reports can take one of two forms:   
  • A written review 
  • A digital blog post 
Reports will be shared on Cast’s Social Media and website, as well as on digital platforms of other cultural and creative institutions.
Each Culture Spy will:
  • Attend an initial introduction and training event held at Cast in March 2020.  During this event you will receive support and guidance on reporting, as well as the Cultural Spy pack which includes materials needed in order to complete your reporting.  
  • Receive a Culture Spy press pass that will give you access to two complimentary tickets (under 14s must use the second comp to be accompanied by a responsible adult). 
  • Receive a schedule of Cultural Events to attend 
  • Have the opportunity to interview an individual from the creative industries (artists, actor, musician, technician, programmer, writer etc). 
  • Attend a Culture Spies wrap party in July 2020 in which the Cultural Spies will share their experiences, evaluate the process and celebrate their successes. 
  • Be joined up with a named contact to support their Culture Spies journey. 
Join us and start your mission as a Culture Spy today! Deadline to apply for this academic year is Monday 16 March 2020. Sign up to become a Culture Spy by completing this form. For more information, please contact:
Friday 13th of March 2020Read More