Sunday, 26 September 2010

Creative Practitioner Development opportunity

Black Swans
“The Black Swans programme is a great way to get a much better insight into creative teaching and creative partnership working.” 2009-10 Participant.

A paid professional learning programme for new creative practitioners wanting to work in education.
Due to the success of the 09-10 Black Swans programme, Black Country Creative Partnerships and Creative Alliance are running the programme again.
The programme offers a paid training opportunity for people who would like to work in education as a creative practitioner.
Practitioners may be chefs, mathematicians, poets, visual artists, drama workers, technicians:  in fact anyone who wants to share their unique practice with children and young people, and their teachers and families.
At one time everyone in Britain thought swans were always white until someone went to Australia and brought back a black one!   Are you someone who can help children and educators explore those possibilities and question the obvious; make improbable connections and stretch imaginations?
Well if you are, then the Black Swans professional learning programme could be just what you need to develop the knowledge and skills to work within education.

As part of the Black Swans professional learning programme you will receive:
•10 days work in a Creative Partnerships school to devise, develop and deliver a project in line with the school’s enquiry question and an all inclusive fee of £1000 to do this.* 
•Five days professional learning programme made of seminars, workshops and action  learning sets led by experts in creative learning.
•Mentoring by some of the best creative practitioners and agents.
•The opportunity to contribute to a promotional catalogue.

*The enquiry question is the purpose for why a school is undertaking a Creative       Partnerships programme

Here’s what people on last years programme said:
“The Black Swan's Programme has given me the confidence to… literally let children go, give them a chance to discover things for themselves, decide when it is appropriate to teach and when it is best to step back and facilitate learning.”

“My Black Swan experience has clarified for me how I can adapt my practice to ensure that the individual needs of each pupil / school are met.”

To apply please send electronically:
•A C.V. of no more than 2 sides of A4
•A letter of no more than 2 sides of A4 outlining why you want to work in education,
what you can offer, and any experience you may have.

Please do not exceed the 500 word limit and only electronically submitted application will be considered.  Please make sure the CV and letter are in one attachment.  If you want to send images of your work one additional page of digital images can be included in the attachment. Hard copies or multiple attachments with an electronic application will be discounted.

To:      Vicky Goodwin at Creative Alliance          

Deadline: 10.00am Monday 4th October
Interviews will be held from Wednesday 6th October at Creative Alliance’s offices at The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham, B9 4AA.
The dates for all the seminar sessions are to be confirmed but we will start with a whole day induction on Saturday 23rd October at Creative Alliance’s training room at The Custard Factory.

At this day you will have the opportunity to find out about the schools participating in the scheme and to indicate the type of school you might like to work in: nursery, junior, special needs or secondary and whether in a rural or urban location. There are 10 schools participating in the scheme and individual preferences cannot be guaranteed.
You will need to have or willing to get an enhanced CRB.
The dates of the work in schools will be arranged to suit individual practitioners/ schools.

After the initial induction day, you will be informed of the dates of the rest of the programmed across the autumn and spring terms.  This will include at least one other Saturday and evenings.

For further information about the programmed please contact Noel Dunne
07793 200 701 /, or,

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