Local Cultural Education Partnerships (LCEP) were launched by Arts Council England in October 2015 to help meet the Cultural Education Challenge.
LCEPs are innovative partnerships between cultural providers, educational institutions and local authorities that aim to join-up and improve cultural education provision for children and young people in their town, city, county or region.
Cultural Education Partnerships are flexible and are able respond to local needs and circumstances. To be effective, they should comprise as wide a range as possible of arts, cultural and heritage providers, music education hubs, schools, and higher education institutions, local authorities – and employers. They take the long view, planning for the future and seeking to make sustainable change in their communities.
Royal Opera House Bridge, as the Bridge organisation for Hertfordshire, supports the development of LCEPs in this region.
HCEP is an ambitious county wide Cultural Education Partnership. HCEP brings together a range of partners from the education and cultural sectors, as well as local authorities and youth service providers to deliver its strategy to ensure all young people in Hertfordshire can access high quality cultural provision.
1. To ensure access to a high quality, diverse, creative and cultural education for all young people who live or learn in Hertfordshire – in particular for those who are disadvantaged or hard to reach.
2. To enable children and young people living or learning in Hertfordshire to become active co-creators of their creative and cultural learning.
3. To enable all young people to progress through high quality creative and cultural learning experiences, following learning pathways that will help develop creative skills, employability and where desired, careers in cultural industries.