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followalex FollowAlex is Leeds City Council’s innovative marketing campaign to support the aims of Find Your Talent and raise awareness of culture amongst young people in Leeds.  The communications initiative combines social media platforms like Facebook and Bebo with traditional advertising media, including billboards, bus interior and exterior, bus stations and radio to promote and support the online activity.

FollowAlex will encourage young people to find out for themselves what is going on in their city, and through peer endorsement, demystify the barrier that the idea of culture can sometimes create.

Join the FollowAlex group on Facebook by following this link here; and keep an eye out for status updates on buses and billboards across Leeds this summer.

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CapeUK were recently appointed to deliver the first phase of FYT’s Quality Assurance brief. Over the next few months CapeUK will be consulting with a wide range of stakeholders from Leeds’ cultural and education sectors to produce the following outcomes:

  • A QA badging system that reflects best practise frameworks currently in use by arts organisations and schools.
  • A Code Of Conduct written in consultation with creative practitioners working with children and young people.
  • An assessment of regional QA training provision and recommendations for QA training themes to be delivered during Phase2

Consultation will take place online; at events; and through phone interviews. If you are interested in participating in this research please contact abby.dix-mason@leeds.gov.uk for more information.

Find Your Talent and ArtForms, Education Leeds are leading a two year project with Seacroft Manston schools, looking at what arts are on offer in the classroom and whether there is fair and equitable provision across the area.  Over the next two years, with schools driving the agenda, new arts activities for pupils and training for staff will be commissioned.  The ultimate aim is to create a model cultural offer: an ideal arts & cultural experience from the point of view of a child as they move through school life.

To celebrate the start of the project, each school has been able to buy in two days’ of an artist’s time to create a project for Shine week. The response is growing.  Schools are keen to broaden provision and to explore the idea of a creative curriculum. St Theresa’s Primary in Manston has just become a Change school with Creative Partnerships.  Their headteacher has a commitment to, and clear vision of, the role arts and creativity can play in raising aspirations and standards. 

On June 5th the whole staff enjoyed an intensive creative day at Temple Newsam (pictured).  Artforms arranged for visual artist, Lou Sumray, radio practitioner, Adrian Sinclair from East Leeds FM, and Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah to lead sessions with teachers.  East Leeds FM broadcast from their caravan, parked outside the magnificent Temple Newsam House.  The whole experience was a huge success, and given even more impact thanks to the fantastic surroundings.

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Leeds Find Your Talent has been succesful in its bid to become an Earlyarts Pathfinder Partner.

Earlyarts, a nationwide training network for professionals working creatively with young children and families, today announced its twenty three Pathfinder Partners to roll out the professional development programme across the regions.

Pathfinder Partners were chosen for their excellent track record in training and creative development of the arts, cultural and early years workforce. Earlyarts’ Pathfinder Programme is an innovative approach to build a sustainable social enterprise that enables the myriad of smaller creativity and early education networks to join forces across the country. The aim is to have a major impact by joining up practice to meet the needs of young children and families. The social enterprise model enables partners to share in the collected knowledge of what makes a difference to children’s lives, at the same time as building a strong network of ‘champions’ for creative learning who will be better skilled to improve practice on the ground for many years to come.

Pathfinder Partners will be delivering Earlyarts’ highly popular Professional Development Days across all regions, ensuring that every professional that works with children and families will be able to access creative training in their area.

For further information on the FYT Earlyarts Pathfinder opportunities please contact hannah.farley@leeds.gov.uk

What was FYT?

Find Your Talent was a national programme to explore new ways of opening up cultural and creative opportunities to young people. Leeds was one of the ten FYT Pathfinders in England.

The programme was led by Leeds City Council and Education Leeds, working closely together and with the city's cultural and community sectors to find ways for more young people to participate in the cultural life of the city.

FYT was funded to operate between 2008-2011 but its legacy in Leeds continues through activities under the Breeze banner, as well as other initiatives.