SLICE (Specialist Leader in Cultural Education)


Anne Dyer has worked as a Specialist Leader in Cultural Education (SLICE) since 2014. This is an innovative programme aimed at increasing access to high-quality cultural education. Developed by Arts Organisation Curious Minds, it enables senior leaders to become Cultural Ambassadors collaborating with Arts organisations to initiate new Arts and Culture programmes. Underpinned by action research, the SLiCE fellowship also explores the impact of cultural education on schools, student attainment and development.

Cultural Bridges (2014-15)
Cultural Partner: Theatre by the Lake

SLiCE Fellow Anne Dyer’s Cultural Bridges explored how cross-phase Arts provision could promote a successful transition from primary to secondary school, particularly focusing on activities led by secondary students.

140617_2Further Reading: A Dyer Cultural Bridges Research Paper & Cultural Bridges presentation, Valuing Cultural Education Conference, University of Chester June 3rd 2015.


Words on War (2015-16)
Cultural Partner: Ludus

SLiCE Fellow Anne Dyer’s programme explored the extent to which dance education can improve literacy for pupil premium pupils, thereby closing the attainment gap in English. Working with Ludus Dance, a cross-curricula (dance and literacy) programme of activity was created to support the attainment of Pupil Premium students in English at KS2 and KS3. In 2017, Dowdales nominated for a North West Cultural Education Award for its partnership work with Ludus Dance.

‘On behalf of the Curious Minds team, I am delighted to confirm that you have been shortlisted as a FINALIST in the Arts Partnership Award category at the North West Cultural Education Awards 2017. We have had a fantastic response to the awards in this inaugural year, with a high number of nominations received across all categories. Your entry is now one of six finalists in this category.’

140617_31Further Reading: A Dyer Words on War Research paper and presentation, The Impact of Creative & Cultural Education Conference, Chester University.



More Alike than Different (2016-17)
Cultural Partner: Ludus


This year Anne Dyer developed Dowdales partnership with Ludus, working with schools in the Yarlside Teaching School Alliance. Exploring how dance can develop British Values, we decided to focus specifically on tolerance and respect for those of different values than ourselves. Over an intensive week in June, we delivered workshops, offered teacher CDP and organised a public sharing event as well as gathering data for our research.