Sunday, 31 January 2010

Community Arts Training in Warwickshire

We are aiming to start the community arts professional training programme in February to April 2010 with 4 introduction days which (funding pending) will lead onto the full programme. The aim of the programme is to support the development of community artists in Warwickshire.
As well as attending these days your commitment would also include keeping a journal, completing a basic portfolio AND prepare to work with others to deliver a community arts workshop (for your Open College Network accreditation aiming at ) OCN Level 3. And being prepared and able to travel to different venues around the county.

We also want eventually to create a standard of practise that should you complete the full training (subject to funding) will give you a 'stamp of approval' for working for Warwickshire County Council.

You will be expected to sign a commitment agreement for this introductory training the cost per person equates to around £350.00 per person of council tax payers money so...your commitment to starting and finishing the training is essential.

If you are genuinely interested in expressing your interest in taking part in the Introductory programme AND WOULD IN PRINCIPLE BE COMMITTED TO THE WHOLE PROGRAMME, at this stage please send me an email - confirming your interest. If you represent and organisation please state how many places you would be interested in.

and available: Wed 24 Feb

Wed 12 March

Wed 24 March

In the Easter hols participants will need to undertake a group practical

Wed 21 April

Cathryn Ravenhall
Community Arts Officer
County Arts Service
Adult, Health & Community Services
Warwickshire County Council
Phone: 01926 412355   
Fax: 01926 412471

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Heath Park Business & Enterprise College, Wolverhampton Keystage 3 Exhibition

If you are interested in attending please get in touch with Nicola Dixon:

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Maths & Creative Teaching Event 2. February 2010 Dudley

This Event is aimed at Black Country Schools that are in the Creative Partnerships Programme- if you are interested and are not from the area, please enquire with Bhavna Patel about a paid place:    

Monday, 18 January 2010

Willow Structure Course 26. 27. 28. March 2010

For Booking form please email:

Maximum 10 students per day- course is booking up quickly.

Who Are We? Exploring identity in the new Decade Monday 1st February 2010, 6pm Birmingham Library Theatre (free)

Birmingham Libraries are delighted to host an evening with Mobo awarding
rapper Akala, local poet Maryam Khan Shafique and former Birmingham Young
Poet Laureate Matt Windle. The event is part of the national MyVoice
project (MyVoice: is a project supported by the Dept for Communities &
Local Government, Creativity, Culture & Education and The Reading Agency.
The project was set up in 8 areas nationally to give young people the
opportunity to work with professional writers, poets and librarians to
offer them a platform to express their opinions on global issues of our
time). The project has been encouraging young people to explore complex
global issues through writing and each of the beneficiaries have been
paired up with a writer mentor to develop their writing skills and a local
librarian to broaden their reading experiences and knowledge of what
libraries offer.

The Birmingham MyVoice beneficiary was Maryam Khan Shafique and she has
been working with performance poet Akala on a collection of poems based on
the theme of identity. As part of the project, the three poets will be
using performance poetry to explore the theme of identity and
discuss/debate just 'Who are we in this new decade'. The event will be a
fresh, creative, and exciting space where young people can contribute and
get involved in the discussion about who they are and who we are! For more
details please contact: Nikki Bi ( 303

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Creative Teaching for the 21st Century, 3 March 2010

On 3 March, 2010 CCE will be holding its first national conference for Creative Partnerships schools at the ICC Birmingham.
When: 10am – 4.30pm, 3 March 2010
Where: The ICC, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA
Click here for directions to the ICC

Who can attend: 400 School Coordinators, teachers and creative agents from Change Schools, Enquiry Schools and Schools of Creativity in the Creative Partnerships programme. Places are limited to two delegates per school.
What's on offer: This exciting conference will include headline speakers, Ewan McIntosh and Professor Anne Bamford, as well as a series of teacher and practitioner led workshop sessions, sharing experience and effective practice. Workshop themes will include the Digital age; Families and Family Capital; Progression and Assessment; Young Voices; and Social Cohesion and Social Capital.
Further workshop sessions will be facilitated by a select group of highly respected academics and researchers, focusing on the latest research and evaluation around creative learning from both within and beyond the Creative Partnerships programmes. These include: Enquiry Schools; Change Schools; History of cultural policy; Career progression; Co-mentoring programme; Poetry in Animation; Find Your Talent; and the Prevent programme.
How to sign up for the day: Click here to register and attend this FREE conference.
Numbers will be limited to 400 places and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so hurry to reserve your place!

Please note: although the conference is free, any cancellations will be subject to an administration fee.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Call for Creative Practitioners: Poetry,Drama, Dance, Music

Turves Green Girls’ School and Technology College, Northfield,
Birmingham, B31 4BP

We are looking for a lead multi talented performance based practitioner with skills to work with a group of 15-20 girls from year 8 on a project called :
“Tell me the story of Northfield

We expect you to collaboratively work with the group to research the local area and create a musical or performance  based event based on the findings.
We hope to perform our project at the Northfield Carnival in July 2010

We would like to raise aspiration through the project and engender a sense of pride in the area. We are also hoping to increase engagement in literacy through the project.

We would welcome female practitioners to apply for this.

Dates & times for the project:

3.2. planning with lead teachers & a pupil planning group: 
Times 9-12.50                                            £130
 8.2. full day workshop                                £230                     
Every second Thursday starting  11.2 -1.7.2010  times:11.50-16.30:
                9 sessions @ £130       =         £1170
7.6. Full day workshop                                £230
4.7. Northfield Carnival                               £ 230
Additional Planning & reflection, 1.5days    £345
                                                         Total £ 2335

There might be an opportunity to bring in additional practitioners to support the project team with additional skills.

Interview: 27.1. 2010
Time:  13.30-15.30.

We would like you to prepare a short activity of 15min for the interview group(about 10-15 girls).  Lead teacher & Creative Agent will also be at the interview.

If you are not successful we will reimburse you £50 for attending the interview.

To apply you need:
-          a CRB check not older than 18 months
-          10million public liability

Please send:
A  CV  ( no more than 2pages)
a short statement/ proposal ( no more than 1 page)
the date of your CRB check

 Application to: Iris Bertz, Creative Agent

Deadline Friday 22.1. 2010  at 5pm

 You will hear from me on Monday the 25.1. 2010 in the afternoon at the latest, if you have been shortlisted.
Please do not apply if you do not have a recent CRB check or are not available on the key full days.

This project is part of an “Enquiry” project supported by Creative Partnerships

For more information about the school:


TED talk about Pupil Voice-well worth watching!

About this talk

Kiran Bir Sethi shows how her groundbreaking Riverside School in India teaches kids life's most valuable lesson: "I can." Watch her students take local issues into their own hands, lead other young people, even educate their parents.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Craft Space Collective Workshop for Young People

Craftspace are working with Juneau project, East London Craft Guerrilla, Shane Waltener, Richard Leighton, Trevor Pitt and Carolyn Morton to deliver a drop in event at the gallery at the Custard Factory for young people aged 16-19 on Saturday 23rd January 2010. 

Regional Action Workshop on Sustainability 27.1.2010

Dear all,

We would like to invite you to attend this Regional Action Workshop for the West Midlands and the East Midlands which is being jointly run by the National Children’s Bureau and Sustainability West Midlands. The event will take place on 27 January 2010 at the SWM Offices, Millennium Point between 10 am and 2pm.

From the event we hope you will gain;
·         Greater understanding of children and young people’s concerns and views about climate change and sustainable living, and opportunities to consider what these mean for your work
·         Knowledge of the national policy context on sustainable living, climate change and children and young people
·         Ideas and examples of good practice on how to involve young people in decision making, including local planning and delivery, to help achieve a sustainable future for communities
·         Information on where to get further help and support on engaging children and young people

The event is suitable for anyone wanting to involve children and young people in their work including planners, policy makers/leads and practitioners working in statutory, third sector and government organisations at a local and regional level.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

For more information and to book your place, please contact Liz Zachery at or call 0207 8436330.

We look forward to seeing you at this event,

Many thanks,

Sian Thomas
Project Officer

Sustainability West Midlands
Level 4 Millennium Point, Curzon Street,
Birmingham B4 7XG
T:0121 202 3265

Sustainability West Midlands is the sustainability adviser for leaders of the West Midlands. We provide advice, develop solutions with our members from the business, public and voluntary sectors, and share success through our communications.

Exciting Conference on Creative Teaching from CCE 3. March 2010 Birmingham,23,LP.html

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

A seminar for musicians and educators in early childhood education


exploring musicality as an expressive language in early childhood education
A seminar for musicians and educators in early childhood education
Saturday February 13th 2010, 10 – 3.30
Newcastle University
Boyle Lecture Theatre, Armstrong Building, Department of Music

An exploration of music, listening, meaning-making and creative pedagogy.

We aim to enable young children to become competent, enthused and empowered to use music as a way of expressing their ideas and communicating with one another.

This day will feature focussed project work, principles and visions for early childhood practice and leading international research into young children’s perceptions and musicality.  We warmly invite musicians working in early childhood education, early childhood educators, managers and policy-makers to a thought-provoking and illuminating day. The seminar will also launch Sightlines’ new Youth Music-supported two year project ‘Sound Sense’.

Professor Colwyn Trevarthen, who has recently co-authored the groundbreaking work ‘Communicative Musicality’ will explore the dynamics of children’s perceptions, senses and learning;
Nancy Stewart, Senior National Advisor for The National Strategy Team (Every Child a Talker) will explore educational practice supporting children’s vibrant communication.
Robin Duckett of Sightlines Initiative will describe the pedagogical approach which supports the co-constructed work of educators and musicians in project work - ‘Developing Environments of Enquiry’.
Catherine Reding, Musician, and Catherine Worton, Headteacher Trimdon Grange Nursery & Infant School, Durham will present  ‘The Sounds of Leaping’,  a project from the Youth Music-funded  Drama of Sound project, in which various early childhood settings and musicians worked with children’s ideas, and explored different ways of exploring musicality.

We look forward to your participation, Robin Duckett & Chris Holmes

The Sounds of Leaping

This work, with explores the reflective practice of a group of educators involved in a particular research focus, exploring children’s use of music and movement as expressive languages. It shows the evolution of children and adults thinking and experience, in the framework of a reflective cycle, and is an excellent tool for educators developing their reflective pedagogy.

“As educators, we wanted to develop our own competencies …we know that children are eager and ready to express themselves in many ways but that the language of musical expression can often be overlooked. As a team, we share in the belief that children are sociable and capable and full of curiosity and imagination. We want the school to be a place where the children can explore, develop and share their ideas to the full.
• How do children relate music and movement?
• What music can come from thinking, stories and movement?
• How could children create their own music using their movement ideas as a starting point?”
(This work is also presented on DVD available through Sightlines web bookshop. It will also be available at reduced cost to participants on the day.)

Communicative Musicality

explores the intrinsic musical nature of human interaction: it focuses on the rhythm and sympathy of musical expression in human communication from infancy. It demonstrates how speaking and moving in rhythmic musical ways is the essential foundation for all forms of communication, even the most refined and technically elaborated, just as it is for parenting, good teaching, creative work in the arts, and therapy to help handicapped or emotionally distressed persons.

Colwyn Trevarthen is Professor (Emeritus) of Child Psychology and Psychobiology at the University of Edinburgh, where he has taught since 1971. At Harvard in the 1960s, he began research on infant communication that led to the discovery of the innate capacities for human intersubjective communication. His work at Edinburgh in the 1980s on the development of mother-infant interactions pioneered a theory of cultural learning. His published work covers neuropsychology, brain development, infant communication child learning, and emotional health and methods of education and therapy. He is interested in the natural motives and emotions children have for learning in companionship, and how parents and teachers may best support needs of young children. Colwyn is currently contributing his specialism in child development, music and dance, neuroscience to the Perception-Movement-Action Research Centre, Edinburgh, in addition to world-wide consultancy and in discussing Communicative Musicality.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (England)

Expects educating settings to develop reflective practice, seeing children as leaders in their own exploration and learning, recognising that educational practice is at its best when children’s ideas and dispositions are seen supported and developed

Sound Sense: Project Approach and Ethos

We will work with the children involved in Sound Sense by observing their interests and fascinations, and developing these ideas in a musical way. The children's ideas will shape what will take place: we are particularly interested in enabling children to express and develop their own ideas using music as a 'language of expression'. Educators and musician–colleagues, supported by Sightlines mentors, will work together to build new opportunities for the children’s enquiries and expression.

Drama of Sound – Communicative Musicality

Seminar, Saturday 13th February 2010 Application Form

Venue: Boyle Lecture Theatre, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University.
Cost: £55, to include light lunch.
(It is free to music leaders of pre-registered N.E. Schools Music Services – enquire of your Music Service to see if they have registered for ongoing CPD participation.)
Step 1: Fill in application form.
Step 2: Email copy of application to
Step 3: Print, sign, date and send form to Margaret Harding. (Please note we require a signed copy of the form before we can process your application)
Please type in all required fields marked by an *, and save a copy on your computer. 

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Please type and then confirm your email address carefully as it will be used for correspondence.
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Procedures and Terms
·         Your application will be processed when we receive your signed form.
·         Closing date for signed application forms is 10th  February 2010. Late applicants should contact Sightlines Initiative directly to enquire of places.
Please print and sign a copy of your completed application form and send/fax  as soon as possible, and by 10th February 2010 to:
Margaret Harding ,Sightlines Initiative, 20 Great North Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PS
Fax 0191 230 5556
Please also email a copy of this form to



Monday, 4 January 2010

School Dinner Revolution

Interesting programme about School Dinners:

Or go to  BBC Radio 4 The Food Programme

Also very interesting the Food For Life Partnership;

Centre for Advance Training: Outreach Workshops

The West Midlands Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) is based at DanceXchange, Birmingham. The CAT course is part of the national Music and Dance Scheme, and is designed for young people between 11 and 16 who have passion, creativity, commitment, talent or potential in Dance, but need support to pursue their desire and ambition. DanceXchange, in partnership with sampad South Asian Arts, run the CAT course and offer high quality training in Contemporary dance, and the South Asian dance styles of Kathak and Bharatanatyam.

As part of the Outreach Programme, the West Midlands CAT is offering free dance workshops to specialist schools, youth groups and dance schools in the West Midlands region. This will involve a half-day taster workshop in the three dance styles (Contemporary, Kathak & Bharatanatyam) that the West Midlands CAT offers. These workshops are fully funded by the DCSF and are offered on a first come, first served basis. The workshop will look to boost awareness and understanding of the CAT course, and encourage gifted and talented students to audition for the 2010 programme.

To book a free dance workshop, please contact Anita Srivastava, Project Manager (Outreach):
To find out more about the Centre for Advanced Training, visit

Youth Dance England Stride! 2010: Applications Open

YDE Stride! is an annual leadership and development programme aimed at young people wishing to explore the many career opportunities available within the dance sector. YDE Stride! offers a rare opportunity to participate in an action-packed residential, devise projects with skilled and professional guidance, and develop experience and knowledge of the dance sector through a work placement and support of a mentor, all of which aim to help participants get a head start with their career in dance.

YDE Stride! is a national programme delivered at a regional level by YDE Stride! 'hosts' who have all planned various exciting activities, workshops and training sessions for the YDE Stride! 2010 participants.  Three hosts have been selected to deliver the YDE Stride! 2010 programme: Dance4, Dance South West, and East London Dance with Sadler's Wells.

YDE Stride! is for young people aged between 14 and 19 years old*, with an entrepreneurial spirit and creative problem-solving skills.

Applicants may or may not have already participated in a YDE performance programme, but should be seeking to extend their understanding and experiences of the dance profession and be curious to find out what options they have for a future career in dance.

To find out more, and download an application form go to the YDE website: