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Birmingham Education Partnership

This exciting opportunity to steer the success of a unique international schools twinning programme as part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival will ensure that young people across the region and Commonwealth have a once in a lifetime experience of pioneering arts and cultural projects to celebrate global citizenship. 

Working for the Birmingham Arts School (BAS) the post holder will oversee the Arts programme’s planning, delivery and evaluation within the Commonwealth Connections project to achieve goals rooted in cultural education and exchange. They will support the development of 10 – 12 individual projects and partnerships between 60+ schools across the West Midlands and their 60+ partner schools overseas working with a small team of producers and international/Midlands based arts organisations.

This whole project is being led by Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP) and the British Council (BC) with the support of the Commmonwealth Games Organising Committee. The Sports element is being overseen by the Youth Sports Trust (YST) and the Arts by BAS which in turn is supported by Birmingham Creates and a range of leading cultural organisations across the region.

The Arts Lead will further the power of art and culture to bring young people together across the UK and Commonwealth by supporting this ambitious programme with impeccable project management and producing skills. They will ensure this once in a lifetime experience for young people and artists across the region and Commonwealth has a lasting impact and legacy. They will combine attention to detail with an instinctive approach to creative producing, shaping a cohesive conclusion to ten individual projects and leading to a programme that feels greater than the sum of its parts.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop the project plan for Commonwealth Connections through active liaison with all partners.
  • Ensure the project plan’s timeline and budget are adhered to and that all activity is delivered effectively and in line with the expectations of BEP, all partners and relevant funding bodies.
  • Work with all partners’ marketing and PR teams to ensure maximum public awareness of Commonwealth Connections and its goals/ambitions.
  • Contribute to the evaluation framework, supporting its rollout and capture across individual projects with schools and artists.
  • Manage and report on activity progress and fulfil progress reporting requirements of the lead partners and the Organising Committee.
  • Work with a small team of facilitators to develop project proposals from school clusters with their international partner schools and then match these projects with West Midlands arts organisations
  • Broker the Artists’ input and then monitor / support progress of these projects seeking opportunities to  grow them and connect them with each other and other developments around the games.
  • Manage the budget and accounting processes for BEP, whilst negotiating with partners to make the most of value in kind provided by regional arts organisations.
  • In partnership with CWG capitalise on opportunities for international artists from the Cultural Festival to collaborate with Commonwealth Connections.
  • Support schools and regional arts organisations develop and publish legacy curriculum resources that other schools can use.
  • Work closely with the BEP schools Project Lead to promote a legacy body of digital content and resources  and a collaborative approach to peer support, collaboration and exchange between projects.
  • Collaborate with the Youth Sport Trust on their parallel programme of activity to find opportunities for collaboration/crossover.

Person Specification

You must have…
If you do not demonstrate that you meet all these criteria you may not be shortlisted.

  • A love of the arts/cultural education and a good understanding of curriculum and pedagogy in schools
  • An enthusiasm for and experience of delivering school based arts projects with multiple partners.
  • Experience managing budgets for creative projects.
  • Experience of supporting evaluation frameworks and reporting on grant funded projects.
  • Proven ability to take the initiative and within teams under pressure.
  • Ability to manage multiple time-sensitive priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Experience in negotiating and contracting artists.
  • Experience of managing partnerships and building relationships.
  • Experience of working with creative talent and/or learning institutions.
  • Strong written and verbal communication and influencing skills.
  • A commitment to championing equality, diversity and inclusion and the proven ability to work with people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • Excellent IT skills including all Microsoft applications
  • Ability to show resilience when dealing with change and ambiguity
  • An eye for detail and accuracy

It would be great if you had…
If we need to choose between candidates who meet the essential criteria, we may take these factors into account.

  • Five years proven experience of developing and producing large-scale arts and education projects in or with schools and cultural organisations.
  • Experience of arts contracts and co-creation practice.
  • Experience delivering projects with an international scope.
  • A track record of supporting and developing cultural education in the West Midlands region.

Additional information

This post will be managed by the Principal of the Birmingham Arts School, and as such will be a BEP employee. They will work closely with the BEP Project Lead. The post holder will be supported both by BEP and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The Rep), with the opportunity to be based at The REP which will be the home of the largest of the Arts Projects.

Commonwealth Connections will create powerful opportunities for young people (and their teachers) across the Commonwealth to learn together, both with peers from different schools in their own country and with their peers in other parts of the world. All the young people engaged in the project will not only use sport, arts and culture to learn about the other country, but they will do so in a way that focusses their attention and excitement on the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, while also creating space to explore their own identities.

Project Outcomes

Commonwealth Connections aims to engage:

  • Young people to develop global citizenship and skills for life through a greater understanding of the Commonwealth, its diversity and similarities
  • Teachers to share knowledge, experience and mentorship to support improvement and development through sport, arts and cultural exchange 
  • Schools to benefit from and be enriched by long-term integration and international connection across the Commonwealth to continue support and learning
  • Project partners to have increased exposure to new networks and greater connectedness locally, regionally and internationally
  • B2022 Organising Committee to have a standalone project to coordinate further Games opportunities to and through 
  • Commonwealth Games Federation to have a workable model for establishing twinning partnerships of schools for cultural learning and exchange at future Games.

Partners

Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP) – exists for the benefit of every publicly funded school in Birmingham and seeks to be co-led by and built on the strengths of all Birmingham Schools. BEP commits to no school being isolated since local, city and national connectivity is a key to success for schools at every stage of their development. BEP is commissioned by Birmingham City Council to deliver its statutory responsibilities for school improvement, while as a charity it works with Multi-Academy Trusts (MATS) and other structures that connect it into the region and with a network of partnerships across the country. BEP believes it takes a whole city to raise a child. If schools do well, then children do well and if children do well the city will flourish. Its broader work includes hosting the Careers and Enterprise Company supported by the Birmingham and Solihull LEP with a rich network of links with the private sector. It has championed twinning between Birmingham schools as they serve distinct and sometimes disparate communities.

The Birmingham Arts School is a new initiative that carries the ambition of powerfully driving school improvement and building cultural capital in schools and communities with the highest levels of need and challenging the inequality of opportunity faced by too many children. It also endeavours to unlock the collective potential of the city’s outstanding arts and cultural organisations, engaging them as partners and working through brokerage, CPD and joint planning.

The overall vision set-out by the Organising Committee is that Birmingham 2022 will be ‘The Games for Everyone’, with a mission composed of five pillars: 

  1. Bring people together: embrace and champion youth, diversity, humanity and pride 
  2. Improve health and well-being: inspire, engage and connect communities and athletes to realise their full potential and live happier, healthier lives 
  3. Help the region to grow and succeed: drive sustainable growth and aspiration – through trade, investment, jobs and skills 
  4. Be a catalyst for change: transform and strengthen local communities 
  5. Put us on the global stage: deliver an unforgettable global Games in partnership, on time and on budget to showcase the best of Birmingham, the West Midlands and the Commonwealth. 

To Note

Birmingham Education Partnership are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff, associates and volunteers to share this commitment. 

All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, and where applicable, a barring check will be completed 
for all applicants. 

We are an equal opportunities employer and as such promote the efficient, effective, fair and consistent recruitment and selection practices for all staff in the Organisation. It is our policy to recruit the best person for each vacancy regardless of age, disability, race, religion and belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity or marriage and civil partnership.

Next Steps

The closing date for this role is Thursday 5th August 2021
Interviews will take place week commencing 9th August 2021

Please note, in order for your application to be considered you must provide an application form and a covering letter detailing why you feel you are suitable for this role and return to lucy.kevern@bep.education

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