Council backs culture in Thurrock

A REPORT on Cultural entitlement brought to the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny meeting on Tuesday (9 February) showcased the success of the Trailblazer project and desire to see it grow even bigger in 2016.

The programme is a school membership, granting access to training, support, projects and trips in areas of cultural interest and learning.

The 2015/16 pilot programme involved 28 Thurrock schools – including two Special Educational Needs, 19 primary and seven secondary schools as well as 21 cultural providers.

Committee Chairman, Cllr James Halden says is keen to see a cultural entitlement extended to every child and young person in the borough. Cllr Halden said “My priority as a member is to ensure that we are correctly reaching out to children who would not normally have access to such opportunities. That is way I have asked officers to do some work to ensure we are really getting results for those who may have been unable to access our great cultural entitlement”.

After the meeting he said: “Let me give you some statistics; schools signed up to 110 projects through the trailblazer scheme, 27 CPD projects are now in process for teachers and support staff in schools to ensure continuity of the project, 27 cultural visits took place that wouldn’t of otherwise and 56 in-school activities. These are unlikely to have taken place had it not been for the trailblazer project.

He added: “I want to personally encourage everybody to read this report and find out how your child’s school or your local school got involved and if they didn’t – perhaps ask your school why not?.”

If more information, as well as details to get involved visit www.roh.org.uk/trailblazer

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