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The Paths Children Take

The Paths Children Take

Securing Excellent Cultural Learning Journeys for All
ROH Bridge Annual Conference 2018

Wednesday 27 June 2018, 10am - 4.00pm
South Essex College, Southend Campus

Every child and young person should benefit from creative and cultural learning that allows them to progress, experience, extend and deepen their understanding of the arts and culture.

Yet progression in the arts and culture can be ill-defined or not prioritised. Young people can fall through gaps in provision and between phases of their education. And while the value of the creative industries to the economy is increasingly understood, the pipeline of future artists and audiences may be fractured. What are the risks of losing the contribution to children and young people's wider learning made by a growing experience of the arts? What are the implications for the many areas of employment in which creativity plays a vital role?

Our Annual Conference 2018, hosted by South Essex College and working with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, will address these challenges and examine how we can create an ecology of creative learning that gives every child the chance to flourish.

Three overarching questions will run through the day  :

  • What does effective progression in arts and cultural learning for all children look like?
  • What alterations might be made to day-to-day practice in schools and cultural organizations to better assure both excellence and inclusion?
  • What needs to change in order to better assure progression; how do we exert influence to make this happen?


Contributors & Sessions

The day will be hosted by Kenneth Tharp, Director of the Africa Centre.

There will be main stage contributions from teacher, trainer and author Debra Kidd, creative producer and arts adviser Elizabeth Lynch, education journalist Laura McInerney and Cat Scutt, Director of Education and Research at the Chartered College of Teaching

At the centre of the day we are hosting Commissions of Enquiry. These extended workshops will be facilitated by a range of experts and will tackle big questions around ensuring progression before feeding into the final plenary.

You can read more about all of the Commissions of Enquiry that are taking place here.


We are delighted to be partnering with South Essex College for 'The Paths Children Take' and young people will be involved in producing almost every aspect of the Conference.

By rail

Southend Central railway station is right next to the college with 9-10 trains an hour from London Fenchurch Street (via Thurrock, Basildon and Castle Point).

Southend Victoria railway station is a 10-minute walk from the college with trains from London Liverpool Street (via Shenfield and Billericay)

By car

There is a public car park under the Luker Road building (entrance in Elmer Approach), which is open weekdays from 07:00 to 22:00 and on Saturdays from 07:00 to 18:00. University Square MSCP car park on College Way (opposite Sainsbury’s) is open for 24hr parking. There are also various council-run short-stay public car parks in Central Southend