The Purpose of the Fund
The purpose of the Teacher Development Fund is to support delivery of effective arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in the primary classroom, and to embed learning through the arts in the curriculum. It aims to do this through supporting teachers and school leaders to develop the necessary skills, knowledge, confidence and experience.
Each year we expect to make around five grants of up to £150,000 to partnerships of arts/cultural organisations and up to ten schools, who will work together for two academic years.
The Fund has one deadline per year. If you would like to register your interest in the Fund, please email email@example.com
Our focus is on:
- Primary schools
- Supporting children and young people experiencing disadvantage
- Approaches which involve learning through the arts
- Long-term, inquiry-based projects which support teachers’ professional development and learning
- Promoting effective and equitable partnerships between schools and arts/cultural organisations and artist practitioners
- The contributions of school leaders and artist practitioners as both professional learners and as supporters of embedding learning through the arts in the curriculum
- Approaches which involve any of the following art forms: crafts; creative writing, including poetry; dance; design; film; music; opera; photography; digital arts and media; theatre and drama; the visual arts; and cross-arts practices.
In order to understand the context of teacher continuing professional development and learning across the UK, PHF funded seven pilot projects (June 2016 to July 2018). During the pilot phase, we worked in partnership with the Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE) who undertook formative evaluation and delivered a programme of grantee learning. An evaluation report on the two-year pilot programme is available here. Case studies on four schools participating in the pilot programme offer helpful insight to schools looking to embed learning through the arts in the primary curriculum. Initial findings from the first year of the pilot phase is available here.
The films and blogs included in this area of the site give further detail about the purpose and priorities of the Teacher Development Fund and the work of the pilot projects.
In round one, PHF awarded six grants to projects which will run from September 2018 to July 2020, led by Charles Dickens Primary School, Kent Special Educational Needs Trust, Sidegate Primary School, Sudbourne Primary School, Tees Valley Education and The Voices Foundation.
In round two, seven projects led by the following organisations received grants through the Fund: Attain Academy Partnership t/a Chelmsford Teaching Schools Alliance, Morda Primary Church of England School, Parc Eglos School, Prime Theatre, Real Ideas Organisation, The Forge and Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums. These projects will run from September 2019 to July 2021.
If you would like to find out more about the Teacher Development Fund, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.