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Creative Learning Director on Leaders for Impact Course

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Ms Naomi Lord, Director of Creative Learning and Partnerships at Bolton School Boys’ Division, will become one of eighteen committed professionals on the Royal Opera House Bridge's national Leaders for Impact programme. The year-long project seeks to progress professionals’ impact upon cultural learning and practice by challenging their thinking and developing new skills, knowledge and networks in order to work and lead more effectively. The programme aims to empower its fellows to bring about change on a whole school, local and national level. 

Ms Lord said: “I am delighted to be part of this project. The range of 'schools together', DfE and civic work that has already come out of the programme is very exciting. It is a privilege to be in such a strong position to advocate for progressive cultural learning." 

The first virtual sessions begin in September as participants start to develop innovative approaches to problem solving, share inspiration through peer learning, and pursue a tailored programme of knowledge and practice-based learning.

Ms Lord also represents the  Boys’ Division at Bolton School as a SLiCE fellow – a Specialist Leader in Cultural Education – via Curious Minds. The School is thereby partnered with Manchester International Festival and The Factory. Work within this project will draw together schools across Bolton to examine young people's access and relationship to arts and culture, to work on removing barriers to participation and to promote young people's understanding of creative skills and creative industry careers. The project will also work towards a shared language for skills across educational and industry settings, locally.

Ms Lord continued: “Arts and cultural activities are an absolute staple of an 'all round' education at Bolton School. The Boys' Division is an Artsmark Platinum school, a partner in Bolton's Cultural Educational Partnership and a steering partner of the North West's collaborative for the development of creative skills. Our commitment to Artsmark Development is a continuous one and involves auditing our current provision, routinely updating whole-setting planning for arts and culture, implementing a responsive and progressive CPD programme, building partnerships with other settings and arts and cultural organisations and developing approaches to gathering evidence of impact and evaluating progress. 

In line with the Cultural Learning Alliance, we believe that every child should have access to the benefits that arts and culture bring and we hope that we offer pupils a varied and stretching curriculum which will help develop their creative, innovative and empathetic skills as well as build their resilience and make their lives happier and healthier. Our cultural education calendar for the year ahead looks as exciting as ever, including pupil projects, school community events, public-facing activities and Schools Together work.”


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