Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Dance Links: Training 2010/11

Develop your skills to work in schools:
Details:                              2-day residential programme to help you develop your skills in delivering dance
Cost:                                  Just £75.00, including meals and accommodation
Who is it for?                   Dance Artists, Practitioners and out-of-school Dance Providers who all wish to develop their skills in teaching dance.
Dates and venues:         3rd & 4th September 2010       – Birmingham
                                            10th & 11th September 2010  – Winchester
                                            10th & 11th September 2010  – Manchester
Applications are now open for Dance Links 2010/11, a fantastic programme which aims to increase the amount of dance activity on offer to children and young people.  The programme gives participants working in any dance style the chance to develop their skills and experience in delivering dance in schools, both with and beyond the curriculum.
The programme will cover:
  • Principals of best practice in dance both in and out of schools
  • High quality learning and teaching
  • Identification of your strengths and professional development needs
  • Contexts, practicalities and essentials of working in and out of schools
  • Management of resources, time and behaviour
“As a teacher myself, the opportunity to dance and be taught was useful and a joy.
It has enabled me to question and be able to further tweak and improve my lesson plans.”

Dance Links Participant 2009
For more information about the training and how to book a place, email with your name, address and phone number or phone 01543 308618 and the NDTA will send you full details of the training and an application form.
Spaces are limited so apply now to avoid disappointment. Deadline for applications is 30th April 2010.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Inquiry Conference – Preparing for the new Primary Curriculum: 18th June, 2010

Organised by Surlingham Primary School, School of Creativity, this conference will be of interest to school leaders, class teachers, governors, advisers and others engaged in creating meaningful, relevant and challenging educational experiences for children.

This day will be a rare opportunity to participate in a guided discussion with colleagues, experts and children on the future of education and the challenges and opportunities created by the publication of the new primary curriculum due for implementation in September 2011.
After keynotes from ‘expert witnesses’ Chris Watkins from the Institute of Education and Luke Abbott, director of, delegates will work in special interest groups, each with a inquiry focus. During the day there will be opportunities to draw on the expertise of Chris and Luke, the experience of children and staff from Surlingham Primary School and the knowledge, strengths and experiences of other delegates at the conference.

The aim of the conference is not to decide the outcome or ‘deliver’ a single point of view, but to gather together like-minded professionals and allow them the space, time and resources to discuss and share their thoughts and ideas for the future of education: A very rare opportunity.

Using archives to think about community cohesion at KS3

                         Monday 26th April, 2010
                       Birmingham Central Library

Dear Colleagues,
Birmingham Archive and Heritage Service in partnership with Tide~ are
hosting workshops for KS3 teachers free of charge. These will explore how
archive materials such as photos, maps or artefacts can be used to support
thinking about community cohesion and city development. For further

These workshops contribute to Tide’s Cities Project ~ creative KS3
curriculum development

Please pass this link on to any colleagues you think would be interested in
this opportunity.

To book please contact:

Becky Link
Projects Development

Tide~ global learning
Tide~ Centre, Millennium Point
Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG
0121 202 3297

2010 Tide~ Conferences:
Global Learning in the Primary Curriculum, 30th March 2010
Making it work ~ creative KS3 curriculum development, 24th June 2010

For more details and other forthcoming Tide~ opportunities see our website:

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Help for talented creative graduates

On 8 March the Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Culture Minister Margaret Hodge announced a two-year grants programme to provide at least 40 internships with established arts companies for graduates from deprived backgrounds.

For more information

Early Years Event in Wolverhampton 19.3.2010

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

A-level Summer Exhibition Online Royal Academy-deadline approaching! 15.March for Schools

The student submission process is now open! This is the only online exhibition in the UK for A-level students. It is open to all students at schools and colleges in the UK who are currently studying A levels, Higher/Advanced Higher or IB.The exhibition will be judged from a shortlist by a panel including Royal Academician and sculptor Richard Wilson, Royal Academy curator Adrian Locke and Royal Academy Schools student Rachael Champion.
The exhibition is live on this website from 14 June to 22 August 2010, showing at the same time as the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the world’s largest open-submission contemporary art show. In 2009, over 1,000 artworks were submitted from schools across the UK.

Friday, 5 March 2010

Why Making Matters

Why making matters

AnnMarie Thomas gave a short talk at TED this year on Why Making Matters
Please see link here:

Cambridge Science Festival, 8 - 21 March 2010

Join us for the UK's largest free science festival, exploring subjects from astronomy to zoology, with demonstrations, hands on experiments, talks from leading scientists, and visits to University and partner facilities. Over 150 events will give families, adults and children of all ages two weeks of hands on science and insight into the University’s cutting edge research. Many of the hands on activities, demonstrations and children’s lectures will take place on our family fun days on Saturday 13 and 20 March.
Highlights for adults:
  • Investigate the science of survival with Helen Keen (Channel 4 New Comedy Writing Award Winner) in as she tells of the frozen world of early Arctic exploration and her own humid family history 
  • Join specialist science guides on the Daring Diversity walking tour to discover why Newton poked a needle in his eye and why Darwin’s nickname was ‘Gas’ 
  • Discover the science of humour as Psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman describes his year-long search for the world’s funniest joke
Highlights for families:
  • Hands on activities in Colourful Creatures at the Museum of Zoology
  • Learn what happens when lasers and jam doughnuts collide with Dr Evil
  • Discover the world of waves, gases and chemistry with The Naked Scientists as they detonate bombs, electrocute vegetables, and turn air into a liquid!
Full programme online at: or please call 01223 766766 to request a hard copy.

Practitioner Opportunity in Herefordshire

Clehonger C of E  Primary School are looking for
a versatile creative practitioner (or maybe even two!) 
About the School:
Clehonger School is a small rural primary school five miles south of Hereford city. Our children come both from the village itself and from the outskirts of the city. We are proud of our Values based ethos and of the well behaved and enthusiastic pupils. (Please check out our website )
About the project:
Our Y5 and Y1 children have been thinking about what makes good learning and have come up with the following ideas: painting, modeling, role play, drama, outside work, ICT stuff, discussion, and writing. They are ‘active learners’. They are particularly keen to learn more about theatre, drama, film and story making. There may be an opening for one versatile company or two artists, whose skills complement each other.
We want to engage children in different kinds of writing through this process: As practitioners you do not have to worry about this too much but it may help in your application if you can demonstrate an interest in creative learning.

This is our enquiry question.
How can we encourage children to become enthusiastic writers with a real sense of purpose and relevance for their writing?
Project details and objectives:
Y5 & 1 want to create a project during the summer term, with support from an artist who can help them with skills their every day teachers do not have.

This is what the children say:
We would like someone who listens and helps us to do things our own way; someone with a good imagination and lots of ideas. Someone calm, but confident.
We are excited, funny, sporty and artistic. We are hard working.
This is what the adults say:
We are keen to work with one or two practitioners who can help the children realise their vision of creating a theatre project (whether live or film based). The younger children are interested in stories and how they become films or animations, while the older group are fascinated by all the different roles that may be involved in producing a piece of film or theatre. The project is particularly exciting because we have no pre-conceived ideas of our end product and it is very much the result of whole class discussions. We hope that we will all learn new skills and have opportunities to be more creative and innovative.
The project can run as two parallel themes or be a joint project between the two classes.

Nuts & Bolts
Available budget to pay external partners:
The total budget for the project is £4,000 which will cover all project costs including partner's time, expenses, materials and all other project costs. The successful practitioner, the school, and the Creative Partnerships Agent will confirm the breakdown of the budget and the number of days during the early planning stages before a contract is signed.
Please write to us and demonstrate:
  • An outline of your practice and your personality in a learning environment
  • how your practice contributes to children’s learning.
  • An ability to work collaboratively with teachers and young people.
  • An understanding of our enquiry question and the relevance of your skills.

Please forward your letter of application to....
Sue Jones
Adrian Higgins
Application deadline: 21 March 2010
Notified shortlist : 24 March 2010
Interviews: 29 March 2010 Clehonger Primary School.
Estimated timescale of the project:
Project planning, delivery and evaluation during the summer term 2010.
NB: In addition to your letter of application
Please also provide a relevant CV and two references from providers you have worked in partnership with before.
If you are not available for interview if/when called this may invalidate your tender.
If you tender as an organisation then the person who will work directly with teachers, children and young people must be the person attending interview.
A current Enhanced CRB Disclosure and public liability insurance of at least £ 5million is a condition for application.
If you require any further information about the school and our aspirations for our Creative Partnership programme, please do not hesitate to contact Adrian Higgins on 0797 1588832 or email
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