Support for young people to unlock their potential in Northamptonshire

Northants Cultural Education Partnership launches to support young people to unlock their potential

Building on its commitment to working with young people to develop their potential through arts and education, Royal & Derngate is pleased to be the lead partner in the formation of Northants Cultural Education Partnership (CEP), working alongside other founding partners, The Core at Corby Cube, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, NMPAT, Made With Many, David Ross Education Trust, South Northamptonshire Council and The Mighty Creatives.

Northants CEP was launched at the Education Northants Conference on Saturday (30 March) where 600 delegates from across all fields of education came together at the University of Northampton to share best practice and discuss issues facing education today.

Founded by local partners across the arts and education sectors, Northants CEP UNLOCK programme is a new cultural education initiative for the county, underpinned by an understanding of the needs of local young people, schools and communities.

It will offer exciting arts experiences, digital resources and creative learning support, helping young people to overcome barriers to cultural engagement and to gain the knowledge and experience to equip them for a career within the creative and digital industries, while encouraging creative approaches to learning and fostering a lifelong love of the arts beyond education. The programme aims to secure a long term cultural strategy for Northamptonshire, which will help enhance creativity and raise aspirations amongst young people and communities.

As part of the range of resources that the programme will offer, a new online digital platform is being developed with students from the University of Northampton which will go live during the summer term.

Trudy A Bell, Director of Creative Learning at Royal & Derngate, commented:

“This is a really exciting development, representing a step change in partnership working in the county. Northants CEP brings together key strategic partners with established records of excellence within the cultural and education sectors who all have comprehensive understanding of the needs of local children and young people, schools and communities, and the barriers they have to overcome. This programme is going to offer our young people some incredible opportunities over the next few years.”

The UNLOCK programme will work across all art forms, ages and education phases, enabling teachers, young people, communities and cultural organisations to access provision across Northamptonshire. To unlock access to online resources, discounts and project provision, an affordable annual membership scheme starts at just £10 per year.

More information and resources will be released during the summer term, but local schools, colleges, artists and arts organisations are being to encouraged to start a conversation with the partnership about how the UNLOCK programme can support them and their young people. For more information email

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