Thursday, 16 December 2010

Creative Practitioner Opportunity

Harvills Hawthorn Primary School
Wolseley Road
West Bromwich
B70 0NG

We have recently become a Creative Partnerships Enquiry School, and for our enquiry project, we are looking for a practitioner who will work with us on transforming an underused outdoor area in our school. The area we are looking at is a roofed area by the side of the school facing onto the playground, which is mostly used for sheltering from bad weather.

Our enquiry question is:
How does creating an outside learning environment impact upon the attainment of a Year 5 class?

Through this project, we wish to explore how a group of children taking an active role in planning, creating and utilizing an outdoor learning environment, impacts upon their progress and attainment.
Through their involvement in such a project, we hope to capture the children's interest and imaginations, thus allowing them to become creative thinkers and learners. They will be fully involved in designing the area of the school which will give them ownership and which will produce an enhanced learning environment that will benefit all children at the school.

The project is to start as soon as possible and we are hoping to have a launch event in the summer term 2011.
We would like to plan the details of contact time and frequency in close collaboration with our Creative Agent & Lead Teacher.

We are looking for an inspirational and dedicated practitioner who will help us develop the project. We are hoping to learn strategies for our teaching and learning in how to engage all our pupils better. We have left the brief deliberately open, so the practitioner can form the project with the pupils and staff.

The project budget is up to £2,500 for practitioner fee (includes travel) with a additional budget for materials and a launch event.

Here the details how to apply:

We are looking for an exceptional creative practitioner who can help us transform the space in close collaboration with the teacher & pupils. We are open to your practice- the outcome will have to be a transformed space, though.

You also need to have:

- An enhanced CRB disclosure (less than two years old)
- You will need public Liability up to 5million
- An understanding of or an interest in how young people learn
- A commitment to genuine collaboration
- An ability to reflect and communicate
- A willingness to learn and share skills

If you are interested please send us:

- A short statement, explaining why you want to work with us (no more than one page), please state clearly any technical requirements you will have.
- CV (no more than two pages)
- Two references
- Date of your CRB check
- 6 images ( not bigger than 1mb per image)
If you need to send a DVD please get in touch.

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

For the interview we will ask you to prepare a 30min activity to demonstrate your approach to collaborative working, this will be followed by questions from pupils & staff. We will pay an interview reimbursement fee of £50 to the unsuccessful candidates.

Deadline: 6. January 2011 5pm

Interview date: 18. January 2011 ( morning)

Initial Project planning with successful candidate: 20.January 2011 (morning)

If you cannot attend the interview date please do not apply.

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

To find out more about the school please see:

The project is part of Enquiry School project supported by Creative Partnerships
and Black Country Creative Partnerships