We undertake a range of commissioned work and will be bringing you more details on these very soon.

Arts and cultural education: improving your school and its curriculum eLearning module

Through 2018 we’ve been developing an e-learning module for Arts Council England and the National Governance Association.

The module focuses on six key areas where schools can use arts and cultural education to improve outcomes through:

– a broad and balanced curriculum
– school community and parents
– health and wellbeing
– spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
– social mobility
– developing life skills and employability skills

Read more about the module release and access it here

Cambridge Community Arts Evaluation

We have been working with with Cambridge Community Arts (CCA) over the last few months evaluation and produced this report on the Horizon’s project.

Horizons is the start of a conversation with artists working in the community, looking at what constitutes high quality good practice in arts for mental health and wellbeing. The project was part of a process being undertaken by Cambridge Community Arts to further develop its work, share its practice and contribute to the development of arts for mental health and well-being in Cambridge and beyond. It provided an opportunity to observe and analyse the work of Cambridge Community Arts and to begin to understand more about essential components for realising excellence including high quality practice and outstanding outcomes for participants.

The project was funded by Arts Council England and Cambridge City Council involving three, six-week courses. Each course focused on a different art form including dance, creative digital arts and painting. The project concluded with a celebration event in the Clore Education Studio, at Kettles Yard. Experienced artists led the courses and were supported by volunteers. Amongst participants were immersed artists who were participating for their continued professional development, gaining new artistic skills and workshop facilitation skills.

See our project report for what we discussed and our recommendations for next steps.

IVE Governor Training

We have been working with We Are IVE, delivering Governor training on Arts and Cultural Education and Whole School Improvement.

At our most recent session only 10% of school governors had heard of Artsmark and/or their Bridge organisation. By the end of the training everyone had committed to personalised actions and next steps including:
– finding out more about Artsmark
– linking their school with their Bridge organisation
– undertaking an audit of arts at their school
– speaking with their Chair about what they have learnt
– recognising and celebrating good arts education at their school
– finding out more about Arts Award

“What a great session you did for us. Passionate, informative, inspiring and up lifting. What more could we ask for” (Sue Gallop, School Governor – Retired Headteacher / School Adviser)