Sunday, 31 October 2010

Creative Practitioner Opportunity

About St Bartholomew’s Church of England Primary School

“This is an outstanding school. It is rare to find a school with such a sense of purpose to provide the absolute best for all its pupils.” Ofsted 2009

This is St Bartholomew’s third Enquiry project with Creative. We want to build on what we have learnt over the last two years, particularly with regard to the successes of pupil-led creative learning.

We are looking for an expert practitioner/s who will help us explore the following enquiry:

How can film-making, combined with drama, through a cross-curricular approach, encourage our pupils to see beyond wanting to 'get it right', and empower them to take ownership of their learning through questioning, experimenting, and taking more risks?


This project aims to:

• encourage pupils to challenge their own ideas of what’s possible and what they are capable of, through exploration and taking risks

• provide a more meaningful and exciting context to improve pupils’ writing

• empower children to lead their own learning processes and make their own decisions about what they want to pursue

• help staff to allow children to lead their learning


We are open to receiving applications from individuals offering us both film-making and drama skills, from individuals offering just one of these areas of expertise, and also to joint applications which cover both areas.

We would like the practitioner/s to:

• research film-making equipment and software and advise the school on what to buy with the budget available (up to £1,000)

• inspire pupils and staff with new creative approaches to pupil-led learning, in particular through activities which lead to writing in some form or another

• listen to, be inspired by, and help realise our children’s ideas for the content of the project

• help staff and pupils gain confidence and new skills – not only in film-making and drama, but also in decision making, problem solving, communication and their understanding of the learning process

The practitioner/s would work with one Year 3 class of 30 pupils.

Timescale and Fee
Total fee: £2,800, including travel, planning, reflection and evaluation time, with an additional budget for equipment.

Dates: between Jan and April 2010, ideally in weekly sessions. Joint planning will take place in school before Christmas.

Project Management
The successful applicant will be contracted directly by St Bartholomew’s Primary School which has already secured Creative Partnerships funding to support this commission. In addition to support provided by Black Country Creative Partnerships (BCCP), St Bartholomew’s is also working with a Creative Agent, a freelance creative professional employed by BCCP to act as a critical friend, broker and creative advisor.

All applicants must have:
• a highly developed and reflective practice
• experience of working with KS2
• skills in film-making and drama facilitation, and an ability to communicate these skills effectively to pupils and staff
• a commitment to genuine collaboration with staff and pupils
• an interest in how people learn, and a belief in child-led learning

To apply, please email:

• a current CV with details of 2 referees
• examples of relevant, previous work - up to 6 images, web links
• one page addressing the above criteria, explaining why you are interested in working with us and any initial thoughts you might have about possible approaches
• confirmation of Public Liability Insurance and enhanced CRB clearance less than 2 years old in order to comply with the school’s commitment to safeguard children

Please also send the school a DVD of either a short show reel, a short film or a piece of work you think will be of interest to us. No video clips, please!

and send DVD to:-

Darren Jones, CP Co-ordinator,
St Bartholomew’s Church of England Primary School,
Sedgley Road,

A group of pupils from year 3 will conduct the interviews, with the school’s CP Co-ordinator and Creative Agent.

Any queries, please contact our Creative Agent, Lisa Harrison, on 07967 231 960.

The closing date for applications is 4pm Thursday 11th November 2010.
Successful applicants will be notified by the evening of Friday 12th March.
Interviews will take place on Friday 19th November.

Unfortunately we have no flexibility around the interview date, and so if you cannot make that date, please do not apply.

We would like you to do a 30 minute activity as part of the interviewing process.

Managed by a national organisation called Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE), Creative Partnerships (CP) is the Government’s flagship creative learning programme funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Department for Children, Schools and Families and Arts Council England. It aims to foster effective, sustainable partnerships between schools and the widest possible range of cultural and creative partners that develop young people’s learning across and beyond the formal curriculum.

The Black Country Children’s Services Improvement Partnership (BCCSIP) manages the Creative Partnerships programme in The Black Country, Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire. BCCSIP is a strategic partnership funded by all four Black Country Local Authorities, the Learning and Skills Council, the Black Country Consortium and the University of Wolverhampton that aims to enhance teaching and learning in schools across the Black Country. It is a programme that sits within the University of Wolverhampton’s Education Partnerships department.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

The Turves Green Titans are looking for a creative practitioner to work with us on a Robot Wars Project.

Turves Green Boys’ School, Birmingham, B31 4BS
- A Specialist Technology College -

Creative Partnerships Change School Programme 2010-2011

The Turves Green Titans are looking for a creative practitioner to work with us on a Robot Wars Project.

We are a group of 7 students from year 8, 9&10 who are the steering group on a project to start an after school club based on the Robot Wars. The club aims to engage pupils who normally don’t take part in clubs ( and have fun while learning). We also think there might be potential to link to science & technology subjects. The group size we are planning to work with is 20 pupils of different ages.

But for now we are looking for a person who can help us make this happen and can work with us to design, build & compete robots to get started!

We have a big vision to maybe start involving other schools in the long-term and support them in setting up a similar club! We also want the club to carry on once the original support from Creative Partnerships has finished, so sustainability is important.

We are looking for an exceptional practitioner who:
-can help us make the robots
- can work with a group of about 20 boys
- takes young people seriously
- can enable us to make the robots & and not do it for us
- is committed to work with young people
- has good imagination
- has experience in engineering (or building robots or similar)
- we can trust
- is ambitious with us- not for themselves
- does not take shortcuts
- is interested in working with recycled materials.
If you have worked with children before that would be ideal, but if you feel passionate about our idea, please get in touch.

To apply please send:
- a CV (no more than two pages)
- two references
- a short description (less than one side of A4) of how you might work with us
- any portfolio, CD, DVD, webpage reference to showcase your previous work
- the date of your recent CRB check ( if you have not been CRB checked an indication that you will be happy to be CRB checked)
- confirmation of Public Liability
- an indication of your fees

To our Creative Agent: Iris Bertz, for questions: 0121 439 6873

Wednesday 3rd Nov – Deadline for Applications 5pm
Please send all documents in the DOC or PDF format, no docx please.

The Turves Green Titans meet every Thursday after school: 3-4 pm

We would like the practitioner to be there from 2.30 pm so he or she can set up in time. And to stay till 4.30 for reflection and planning.
We envisage the practitioner to come in weekly up to Christmas and then maybe at longer interval. But we would like to decide that together with the chosen person.

We are also planning to do a small number of whole or half days to set up the project.

Proposed Dates for Practitioners – Autumn Term 2010

Wednesday 3rd Nov – Deadline for Applications 5pm

Friday 12th Nov – Interviews ( Morning)

Thursday 18th Nov – Planning Meeting 2.30-4.30pm

Thursday 25th Nov – Full Day Workshop 9.00-3.30pm

Then weekly workshops up to Christmas.

So please apply- blow us way with your ideas!!!

Creative Partnerships Change School Programme 2010-2011

Creative Partnerships is the Government’s flagship creative learning programme, designed to develop the skills of young people across England, raising their aspirations and equipping them for their futures. We foster innovative, long-term partnerships between schools and creative professionals, including architects, scientists, multimedia developers and artists. These partnerships inspire young people, teachers and creative professionals to challenge how they work and experiment with new ideas.

Young people develop the skills they need to perform well not only in exams and extra-curricular activities, but also in the workplace and wider society.

The school is a relatively small technology college with approximately 650 boys serving the Longbridge district of Birmingham. A small number of the pupils are from minority ethnic communities and standards on entry are broadly average. About one fifth of pupils, an average proportion, are on the special needs register. The school was one of the first to be designated a specialist technology college in 1995. There are extensive links with other schools within the south western districts of Birmingham and shared sports facilities with the adjacent girls' school.
The school became part of the Change Schools programme in September 2008. The Change Schools programme builds on Creative Partnerships current practice to bring about sustainable change in approaches to teaching and learning. We have made a firm commitment to putting creativity at the heart of our improvement plans and to educating children and young people for a creative future.

Focus, Aims and Requirements
The Change Schools programme focuses on generating long-term dialogue about creative teaching and learning, and how the school can become a more effective creative learning environment. Our focus is to explore in depth how we can develop the conditions where creativity can thrive. Can we through engaging with outside professionals, raise achievement and make teaching and learning more exciting and relevant to life after school?

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

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Multisensory Art Commission Opportunity

Current Opportunities Multisensory Art Commission Opportunity Staffordshire Arts and Museum Service (SAMS) would like to commission a bespoke interactive and multisensory sculpture designed to tour round community venues and school settings. Aims of the Commission * To create new multisensory art work that will be suitable for touring within community settings. * To devise and deliver a series of creative activities in community settings across Staffordshire to creatively explore materials and sensory elements with our target audiences. * To develop an illustrative and creative account of the process and journey undertaken from the initial workshops through to the final, piece which will provide a useful tool for further interpretation and engagement. Timescale * Deadline for application: 19th November 2010 * Interview date: 13th December 2010 * Commissioning period January 2011 - June 2011 Artist Fee Artist Commission total fee is £8000. Commission Brief For a more detailed brief, please click here

Launch Black Country History Website

Now online: Black Country History website Black Country History is a new searchable website which allows users to find information about documents, maps, photographs, art works, objects and more held by archives and museums services within the Black Country. The website brings together in one place information about 119,000+ documents, archival photographs, maps, artefacts and artworks held by archives and museums across the Black Country; offering a comprehensive research resource for history enthusiasts worldwide. Launch Event Bilston Craft Gallery Thur 4 Nov 6 – 8 pm You are warmly invited to the official launch of the Black Country History website. The launch event will also feature the new Buy Black Country collection of contemporary retail products developed by designer-makers and inspired by the Black Country’s historic local collections.

Unique screening opportunity for interactive and film and video artists

The Public in West Bromwich are accepting submissions for two unique open exhibitions; TOUCHINTERACTIVE 2011, the UK’s first open exhibition specifically for digital interactive artwork, and SCREENING 2011, an open exhibition for film and video artists. Read more… The West Bromwich arts centre, famed for its commitment to digital arts, features a number of fixed interactive artworks including work by Blast Theory and Lia & Miguel Carvalhais, together with a changing programme of work by internationally renowned artists. The open exhibitions, which are free to enter, will provide a rare opportunity for both early career and professional interactive, film and video artists from across the country and internationally to showcase their work alongside such distinguished artists. TOUCHINTERACTIVE 2011 will display selected artwork on The Public’s many touch-screens, viewed by a weekly audience of thousands. Artwork must be fun and intuitive, and engaging for audiences of all ages. Submissions are also being accepted for SCREENING 2011 for single channel work – with or without audio – suitable for large scale projection or monitor display. Artists are invited to submit moving-image works which must not exceed 30 minutes. Budding filmmakers will see their work screened within the iconic arts centre. The deadline for submissions is Friday 26 November 2010. Download the application forms below: Application form: TOUCHINTERACTIVE 2011 Application form: SCREENING 2011 The artwork will be selected by the curatorial and technical teams at The Public. Successful applicants will be notified by 17 December 2010. The selected applications will be exhibited at The Public in January and February 2011. Priority will be given to early career artists and filmmakers and those living or working in the West Midlands. For more information about all events at The Public visit or call the box office on 0121 533 7161.