Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Call for Creative Practitioners

2 Creative Practitioners required with a background in publishing media (journalism, writing, filmmaking, radio etc)

Heath Park Business and Enterprises College, Wolverhampton
Heath Park has become part of the Creative  Partnerships Change School Programme and is looking to appoint 2 Practitioner who have back ground in publishing  work and good contacts in their respects industries to work with two groups of Keystage 3 pupils ( Year 7&year 8)

The School has been working on a thematic curriculum for Keystage 3 and wants investigate this question through this project:

“Can we through engaging with external partners in our publications project improve our literacy?”
This project will support the school to start to explore this question rather than answer it.

This project aims to:
·         Find out if we can improve literacy through this approach
·         Learn more about 5 competencies: (learning, managing a situation, managing information, relating to people, citizenship)

The Brief:
Heath Park is looking for two  practitioners with a background in publication, this can cover writers,  journalists, filmmakers, radio producers etc.
At the end of the project we want produce some publications that make visible the progression in literacy. The publications will be distributed to our feeder schools to show the pupil’s progress. The pupil’s brief was to write for an audience and we would like to give them a real audience through this project.
Overall we would like the project to be fun and exciting and celebrate pupils work. At the end of the project we would like to organize a launch outside of the school environment.

The practitioner will be expected to work closely with members of staff and pupils to:
·         Jointly plan the overall programme of work;
·         Jointly plan individual sessions
·         Co-deliver sessions
·         Review sessions
·         Support the professional development of teaching staff through training, coaching and mentoring so that a lasting legacy is left in terms of greater understanding of and confidence in creative approaches to teaching.
Project Management:
            The successful applicant will be directly contracted by Heath Park Business and Enterprise College which has already secured Creative Partnerships funding to support this commission. In addition to support from Black Country Creative Partnerships (BCCP), Heath Park Business and Enterprises College is working with a Creative Agent employed by BCCP to act as a critical friend, broker and creative advisor.

Timescale and Fee:

There is two projects:
Year 8  Mondays  9.05am- 11.35am: 21 sessions at £120= £2,520
starting on the 23.11.2009 -24.5. 2010

Year 7 Wednesdays 11.15am-3.00pm: 21 sessions at £140 = £2,940
Starting on the 25.11. 2009-26.5.2010

There is an additional fee of £ 650 for each project for planning, evaluation, project launch
1 pre-planning meeting:    £120
1.5 days overall planning: £300
1 day Launch event:          £230         

There will be a planning meeting in the week beginning 16. November 2009

We have also allocated a budget of £500 per project.

Selection and Application:

The school is looking for two exceptional  practitioners who can demonstrate the following:

·         A highly developed and reflective practice
·         Passion for their practice
·         A commitment to genuine collaboration
·         An ability to communicate with a diverse range of people and to share his/her practice process
·         An understanding of or interest in how people learn
·         An ability to apply his/her practice in a variety of different contexts

To apply please send as email:

  • CV (no more than 2 pages)
  • A short statement  that addresses the above criteria (no longer than 1 A4 Page)
  • Date of recent CRB check
  • Public Liability Insurance of up to 5 Million

Please send all documents in the old word format or PDF, no docx please.
Please do not apply if you cannot attend interview.

Iris Bertz, Creative Agent

The closing date for the application is: 6.11.09 (5pm)

Interview:  13.11. 09  morning

The short listed candidates will be interviewed by members of staff and pupils from the year 7&year 8.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

This project is part of a Change School project supported by Creative Partnerships

Friday, 23 October 2009

"Youth Voice" - what do we really mean? CPD Seminar 11.November 09

“After School” – CPD Seminar Invitation

Creativity Culture & Education invite you to our first in a series of “after school” regional CPD seminars hosted by Creative Partnerships "Schools of Creativity". These seminars will offer an opportunity to share cutting edge practice, discuss challenging concepts and develop regional connections. These seminars are aimed at anyone interested in creative approaches to education. In particular it will be of interest to leading practitioners, creative agents, experienced teachers from both within and beyond the Creative Partnerships programme.

Designed and delivered by young people this first CCE seminar on “Youth Voice” aims to bring together classroom based examples, academic and critical reflection and experimental practice in a twilight CPD sessions. With entertaining and informative presentations we hope to create a networking opportunity for the regional creative and educational community to meet, share ideas and talk through challenging themes for school change and creative learning.

"Youth Voice" - what do we really mean?

Please join us:

5.00 - 7.30pm on Wednesday 11th November 2009 at:

Queensbridge Visual & Performing Arts School,

Queensbridge Rd,

Moseley, Birmingham B13 8QB

Chaired by Richard Clark, ceo The Mighty Creatives

Designed and delivered by

Young people from Studfall Junior School (Corby) & Lodge Park Technology College (Corby), Queensbridge Visual & Performing Arts (Birmingham)

"You can explore our thoughts and your own on young people's voice, hear from us,

talk to us & hear from other expert presenters at this interactive seminar"

Contributors include:

Dr Helen Manchester & Dr Sara Bragg – sharing aspects of their report

“Youth voice in the work of Creative Partnerships”

(report available at the event includes):

Caz Dolby, Iain Smith, Rachel Carter - Creative Agents.



Special thanks to Daisy Edwards, The Mighty Creatives,

Helen Reeves (Head Teacher) & Jo Klaces, Queensbridge

Visual & Performing Arts School (Birmingham)

Places are limited so please book you FREE ticket now by clicking on this link

For further information please email:

Conference in London

Friday 6 November 2009, 10am to 4pm

Extending Horizons – Using creativity
and critical thinking to enrich teaching
and learning

For all teachers and school leaders interested in developing a creative primary and secondary curriculum.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Opening Minds Conference 3.November 2009

Opening Minds Primary Event
Opening Minds at Primary School – what next for the Primary Curriculum?

Tuesday 3 November 2009

RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ

Monday, 19 October 2009

Maths & Creative Teaching

Interview with Marcus du Sautoy about teaching maths with computer games, sounds so much fun!

Interview with Marcus du Sautoy

The maths-games website:

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Debate Mate

I have come across debate mate, as often, listening to Radio 4. I was impressed by the clear and inspiring attitude of the people involved

Debate Mate, Developing verbal intelligence in young people

Monday, 12 October 2009

Call for Creative Practitioners

Arrow Vale Community  School, Redditch, B98 0EN

We are looking for 2 practitioners to explore in collaboration with group of 20 year 9 pupils  and their two teachers,  how  we can make our new  thematic curriculum more exciting and relevant.
For the new thematic curriculum we have decided to put together some unusual subject combinations and now we are looking for practitioners who can help us push this experiment even further. We want to show that excellent learning, can be exciting and motivating for staff and pupils alike.
We are looking for two practitioners who can complement our existing skills and are happy to be part of a pupil and staff planning team. You need to be committed to collaboration and young people being co-constructors of learning and understanding of teacher’s workload.

There will be two projects
1. A collaboration between History and Music, focusing on voices from the past.
2. A collaboration between Drama and Geography on the theme of crime.

The projects will run for five Mondays:
1. March, 8. March, 15.March, 22.March, 29. March2010
Planning sessions will be on the 14.December 2009 and 22.February.2010

The project fees per project are as follows:

5 days in school delivering alongside teaching staff    at £230 a day   £1150
2 days planning in school alongside staff &pupils               at £230 a day  £   460
1.5 additional planning & review (in school)                           at £230 a day  £   345
1 day preparation & planning of site                                 at £200 a day  £   200

Total                                                                                                        £ 2155

This fee is including travel

A materials budget up to £ 300 will be available, depending on need for the projects.

Please do not apply if you cannot attend on the dates above or interview date.

If you are interested please send us:

- A short statement, explaining why you want to work with us ( 1 page)
-an indication which project you are applying for
- CV (no more than two pages)
- 6 small images (if applicable)
- Date of your last CRB check
- You will need public Liability up to 5million

Please send all documents in the old word format or PDF, no docx please.

Deadline: 2. November 2009 at 5pm

Interview date: 10. November 2009

All applications to be emailed to  Iris Bertz, Creative Agent:

For further information on:

This project is part of a Change School project supported by Creative Partnerships

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy to chair international competition

Old Possum’s Children’s Poetry Competition 2009

On the theme of ‘Heroes and Heroines’ for children aged 7-11 years
Linking with the ‘Heroes and Heroines’ theme of National Poetry Day 2009
Start date 10 September 2009
Closing date 19 October 2009
To link with the theme of National Poetry Day 2009, the Children’s Poetry Bookshelf is asking children aged 7-11 to write a poem on the theme of ‘Heroes and Heroines’.
Eligible age groups: 7-8 and 9-11
Poems must be no longer than 25 lines.
Submissions will be free, and can be emailed to us or sent by post, and will be accepted from Thursday 10th September 2009.
Send submissions with an entry form to:
Old Possum’s Children’s Poetry Competition
PO Box 26
EX19 8WS
The closing date is Monday 19th October 2009 .

Dancing cat by Alex Scheffler

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