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The Trust’s creative/research partners include:

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones is a non-profit organisation, its aim is to deliver inclusive arts-based activities to young people with learning difficulties and disabilities, where planning and delivery is focused on the relationship between teacher and artist.

Stepping Stones introduces young people to cultural institutions which allow for the participation in dance, visual arts and performing arts as well as collaborative projects linking the  curriculum areas to diferent art forms.


Curious Minds - SLiCE Fellowship Programme

Curious Minds has developed the Specialist Leaders in Education (SLiCE) fellowship. It enables middle and senior leaders within Teaching School Alliances to play a key role in increasing access to and raising the standard of cultural education. The leaders form partnerships with cultural organisations to explore the potential for cultural education using a rigorous programme.

The Trust is working with Curious Minds in order to gain Artsmark accreditation for its schools as well as individual pupil accreditations.


Further details of Curious Minds SLiCE fellowship programme are available here

Whitworth Art Gallery 

The Whitworth has a long history of working creatively with schools – winning multiple awards for innovation and its close partnerships with educators.

The Trust is working with Whitworth Art Gallery on a range of bespoke projects. 





Manchester Metropolitan University

The current project has developed from the previous pilot work with the Trust which used art to help SEN pupils build their confidence in spoken language. Building on the success of the original intervention, this new initiative has broadened to include a specific focus on CPD with staff from Acre Hall and Elmridge working together with a view to sharing the different schools’ culture and approaches to pedagogy. This has been achieved through working with staff to share practice and broaden their understanding of how art can be used in the curriculum as a context for supporting pupils’ learning in English (specifically speaking and listening) and science.


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The Trust has also been successful in securing funding from local businesses in order to support its creative research focus.  The Trust has received donations from:

Lauriston Trust

Link Contracting

Curious Minds - SLiCE

Innov8 Development Solutions

Ernest Cook Trust