Create Sheffield

Create Sheffield: Adventures in Cultural Education

(Sheffield’s Local Cultural Education Partnership)

Action Plan

Create Sheffield Proposed Actions (2018 & beyond):

Big Project Plans

Co-ordination Plans

System Culture Plans

Sheffield (80x18 style) learning resource

Dedicated Coordinator

Research Collective


Communications Strategy (including newsletter, etc.)

Professional Development Programme

City of Young Makers

Arts Award

Co-production Advisory Panel

Bid Writing & Project Development

Celebration & Sharing – including the return of an annual festival to showcase the learning of children and young people in Sheffield.

What is Create Sheffield proposing to do?

To organise, vocalise, enhance and understand.

Priority area


Sheffield (80x18 style) learning resource

Inspired, in part, by Bristol’s ‘80x18: 80 things to do in Bristol before you’re 18’ project ( we will create a list of experiences that every Sheffield child and young person could do before they are 5, 11, 14, 18 and 25. This list will be the platform for the development of learning resources, opportunities and fun for every Sheffield young person and their family.

City of Young Makers; Make, Create, Innovate

Sheffield has always been a city of makers – from advanced manufacturing, specialist steels and forged products to award winning theatre, international art and design, games manufacture and ground breaking research. Following on from the 2016 Year of Making we will focus on the future and the development of the young makers of the city.


Artsmark ( has been revised by Arts Council England. It is the creative quality standard for schools and we will seek to support Sheffield schools to use the Artsmark Journey as a tool for school improvement.

Arts Award

Arts Award ( is designed to inspire young people to grow their arts and leadership talents. It can be achieved at five levels, from ‘discover’ and ‘explore’ through to ‘bronze’, ‘silver’ and ‘gold’. We will support the development of Arts Award in Sheffield and seek to make it accessible to every young person in the city.

Dedicated Coordinator

We will appoint a dedicated coordinator to provide the capacity that is required for the Sheffield Cultural Education Partnership to have the impact required.

Communications Strategy

Our communication strategy will make information available via a wide range of platforms (website, social media, e-mail, newsletters, etc.) so that everyone who wishes to be involved has the opportunity to stay connected to the network.

Co-production Advisory Panel

We will establish a panel of experts from across our networks to make specialist knowledge and understanding and support accessible to everyone in the partnership.

This Advisory Panel will endeavour to promote the principles of partnership and co-production in order to produce the highest quality outcomes.

Research Collective

The Research Collective will build on the research task and finish group, which met during 2017. It will be a group open to anyone who has an interest in the field and currently includes colleagues from both Sheffield universities, other universities from around the country and colleagues from schools and cultural institutions. It will seek to ensure that our work is research-informed and we can always learn from our outcomes.

CPD Programme

A professional development programme, to support the work of all those involved in the partnership, will be organised and made available to members. We will also seek to share professional development opportunities offered by others via our communications.

Project Development

We will ensure that our core capacity includes the facility to write bids and seek to draw funding into the city. Our action plans will provide content that can be used to develop bids, with our big projects designed to develop year-on-year with opportunities for acceleration when additional funding is identified.

Annual CYP Festival

A festival will provide the children and young people of the city with the opportunity to participate in a wide range of inspiring learning opportunities inside and outside school hours. We will work with Sheffield Children’s University and other partners from across the Sheffield Cultural Education Partnership to grow an annual festival that provides a focus for celebration and sharing.