5th July 2017 @ 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
Dovecot Studios,

School might be out for summer, but at Culture Republic we are ready for next term!


Your organisation has a Creative Learning programme for schools, but what do you do with the information?  Do you know what schools you are reaching?  Do you know which schools you are either not reaching, or are somehow ‘out of reach’? Are you quantifying that reach and how this is changing year on year? Are targets in local authorities being met, and if you have a focus on learning activities for pupils at risk of social exclusion, are your activities reaching the right schools to reach the right students?

If you find yourself questioning any of this, take yourself straight to detention at the Dovecot Edinburgh on Wednesday 5th July 2017, where you will be met by Culture Republic’s very own Kathryn Ellaway to be taught a lesson in your lunch-break!


You will learn:

• About the school database that Culture Republic maintain annually (that lists every school in Scotland)
• The full content of the database and how it can be tailored to an individual organisation’s Creative Learning programme
• How its outputs can be used to target and market future programming
• How you can ensure your intended programme reach is meeting those targets

Guest Appearance:

We will also be joined by Linda Lees, Lifelong Learning Strategic Manager at City of Edinburgh Council with responsibility for Creativity (Arts and Creative Learning) and Health and Wellbeing. Linda will talk about the national context for Creative Learning and how City of Edinburgh Council have developed relationships and partnerships with schools and the sector. She’ll discuss what we need to do to work most effectively with schools and how to match values with schools and their very real stresses and priorities.

Why you should attend:

This session is for all arts and culture organisations in Scotland who need to understand and/or improve their interaction with schools across Scotland as part of their programming.


Who should attend:

• Any organisation with a Creative Learning programme for schools


Make sure you are ready for the new school term by securing your place at this exclusive First Wednesday session for our partners.

Who knew detention could be so rewarding?



12.15 – Arrival lunch
12.25 – Welcome & introduction
12.30 – Kathryn Ellaway, Culture Republic
13.15 – Linda Lees, City of Edinburgh Council
13.30 – Q&A
13.45 – End

Lunch will be provided.



Kathryn Ellaway, Researcher, Culture Republic

Kathryn has worked as a Researcher for Culture Republic since 2013. She has recognised gaps in the market that have led to the development of resources available via the Scottish government, for use in the arts & culture sector. One example of this was the adaptation of the SIMD16 tool, demonstrating its use at a popular First Wednesday session in November 2016.

This latest First Wednesday session demonstrates how another model Kathryn has developed, this time based on school information, has been adapted and used for and with arts & cultural organisations to quantify the success of, and set future targets for, their Creative Learning programmes.

Linda Lees, Lifelong Learning Strategic Manager, City of Edinburgh Council

Linda Lees is the Lifelong Learning Strategic Manager at the City of Edinburgh Council with responsibility for Creativity (Arts and Creative Learning) and Health and Wellbeing. Linda has worked at the interface of the arts and education for many years and plays a lead role both locally and nationally in the development of Creative Learning. She leads the Edinburgh Creative Learning Network which is making a big impact in education, particularly through Creative Conversations, of which there have now been over 40.

“You don’t have to convince the arts sector of the value of education, but you do need to convince the education sector of the value of the arts.” Anyone who knows Linda has probably heard her say this before. And for someone who simply wants more high quality Creative Learning in schools, her passion is around exactly that. Convincing education of the value of the arts and creativity for powerful learning and teaching.


Some of the most stimulating sessions take place when there’s the opportunity to step away from the pressure of a busy job, get together with colleagues and share learning.

That’s why we host ‘First Wednesdays’ – a series of topical, bite-sized information sessions taking place on the first Wednesday of each month.

They are an open invitation each month for our Partners and industry colleagues to regularly drop in our offices to keep up to date with ideas and examples of useful practice we’ve gathered from across the country.

It might be as simple as hearing how other people have successfully tackled the same challenges you face building profitable customer relationships and wider public engagement or learning about the raft of new tools or approaches emerging daily.

Our goal is to inspire fresh thinking, expand current networks and focus on the Most Important Thing … to build new audiences and greater engagement.

If you can’t join us in person, why not sign up for a periscope registration.  You will be able to tune in remotely so you can still hear from our speakers from wherever you are!

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What can I bring to the event?

Please bring your own electrical devices.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any questions prior to the event please contact us on scotland@culturerepublic.co.uk

How do I watch on Periscope?

Register for a periscope ticket (up to 48 hrs before the event), then you will receive instructions to make sure you are all set up on the Periscope app. On the day, we will invite you to the broadcast and you can watch along on your mobile device.


Main image credit: Brooklyn Children’s Museum by Rubenstein (CC BY 2.0)