Work we've funded

7 grants found

  • £500 – £4927500
  • / – 2017/18

Bath Cultural Education Partnership

School Without Walls: embedding the arts in the primary curriculum

School Without Walls (SWW) is an enquiry based model of experiential and creative learning that transforms both the curriculum and the learning culture in schools. Transposing ‘school’ to an arts environment, invites teachers and children to interrogate and reshape teaching and learning in and through the arts. Artists and mentors from 5x5x5=creativity, egg theatre, Mentoring Plus and Bath Festivals will learn alongside teachers and children to pioneer approaches to embedding learning in and through the arts in the primary curriculum. It will expand the innovative methodologies of SWW to build a model together with 10 schools that could be replicated nationally.

Cape UK

Teaching in and through the arts development pilot.

  • Grant amount: £125,000 over 12 months
  • Fund: Teacher Development Fund
  • Date awarded: 2016/2017
  • Location: Yorkshire & Humber

This grant supports using rehearsal room approaches and theatre making to teach Shakespeare in the primary school. It examines how this process can develop teachers’ skill, confidence and ambition, and in turn impact on children’s language and literacy. It will use reflective practice and action research to encourage teachers to consider how to apply their new-found approaches across their school’s curriculum. The research will focus on identifying the approaches and processes that make teachers’ professional development in these areas most effective, and how an action research informed approach can effectively support this.

Creative Scotland

The Art of Learning: Creativity and Executive Functions

This action research project aims to train and support primary teachers to develop their skills and confidence in using arts based approaches in teaching and learning, testing the hypothesis that an arts rich, creative learning programme can have a positive impact on the development of creativity skills, executive functions of the brain and attainment in children, particularly those living in areas of deprivation, and ultimately, can contribute to closing the attainment gap. Creative Scotland is working in partnership with Education Scotland and Creativity, Culture and Education to deliver the programme in ten schools across Ayrshire.

Film Nation UK

Raising literacy and numeracy attainment through film-based learning

  • Grant amount: £125,000 over 12 months
  • Fund: Teacher Development Fund
  • Date awarded: 2016/2017
  • Location: Northern Ireland

Into Film and Nerve Centre will deliver a literacy and numeracy intervention based around the deconstruction and critical analysis of film and the use of filmmaking as a tool for engagement, project production, presentation and assessment. The project will partner with 10 primary schools based in Belfast and Derry/Londonderry and will be designed to suit the needs of KS2 pupils. Participating Senior Leaders and teachers will be equipped with the understanding, tools, skills, inspiration, and support necessary for them to take full advantage of the medium of film.

Hotspur Primary School

Concordia: Building capacity and expertise in leading singing with children

This project will support 16-20 schools to develop teachers’ skills and confidence to lead singing in their schools. This will bring holistic health and social skills benefits to children and impact on the whole curriculum and school learning environment. Once these skills have been embedded, the project will provide a range of opportunities to further develop awareness of different styles of delivery and genres by working with a broad range of practitioners. The work will also involve collaborative performances in music venues in the area.

Royal Society of Arts (RSA)

RSA Teaching School Alliance Performing Arts Hub

This grant will support a collaborative approach to arts-based Continual Professional Development and Learning. Primary school leaders and teachers in 10 primary schools in the West Midlands, including RSA Academies and Birmingham Education Partnership member schools, will work with arts partners and specialist drama teachers to co-design drama-based interventions to improve pupils’ writing. The project consortium has strong connections to the West Midlands: the RSA’s academies are located here and Arts Connect is closely connected to local specialist arts partners. The West Midlands is among the most deprived regions in the UK with almost 175,000 children living in poverty. Educational attainment in the region is one of the lowest in the UK.

The British Council

Music and poetry: inspiring rich language learning in Welsh schools

Learning through music is a powerful way to inspire and enhance children’s language learning. Sharing musical and artistic traditions between cultures develops children’s understanding of their place in the world and can boost aspiration. Traditional language teaching is preoccupied with memorising and matching vocabulary. By bringing music to the sound components of language (i.e. rhyme, repetition and rhythm), this project will support teachers to overcome the barriers that hinder them from becoming confident leaders of language learning. Using evidence-informed models of Continual Professional Development and Learning, this project will develop new learning partnerships between teachers, music animateurs, and linguists.