Article written by Liz Powell, Senior Curriculum Support Manager, Subject Support 7-19 Branch, Department for Education and Skills, Welsh Government
Schools across Wales are being encouraged to join the Lead Creative Schools scheme. Schools joining the scheme will have access to creative practitioners, skills and resources as part of innovative and tailored programmes designed to support schools deliver their priorities and to improve the quality of teaching and learning.
The scheme is one of the key building blocks of Creative Learning through the Arts – a joint action plan between Welsh Government and Arts Council of Wales to take forward the recommendations of the report on Arts and Education in the Schools of Wales (2013). The plan aims to support the development of creative skills, and increase and improve arts opportunities and experiences for learners. The implementation of the plan is being led by the Arts Council of Wales, working with regional education consortia, local authorities, arts and cultural organisations and other key stakeholders.
Around 130 schools have already joined the scheme in the first round. The Arts Council of Wales is holding briefing sessions in November and early December for schools interested in applying for grants to join the scheme in the second round. The window for applications for the second round of the scheme will open in January 2016.
For further details and to book a place on one of the information sessions please visit the Arts Council of Wales website
For a copy of Creative Learning through the Arts – an action plan for Wales visit the Welsh Government website
Estyn has produced a short film that illustrates best practice strategies for teaching and learning in the creative arts in primary schools. Staff from six schools across Wales explain how their strategies have developed pupils’ skills in art and design, music, dance and drama.