Lead Creative Schools Scheme: Call for Creative Practitioner
Lead Creative Schools Scheme: Call for Creative Practitioner
Ysgol Cedewain, Plantation Lane, Newtown, Powys SY16 1LH
About the Lead Creative Schools Scheme
The Lead Creative Schools Scheme aims to promote new ways of working in schools through developing an innovative programme of learning in collaboration with Creative Practitioners, that is designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning and to embed this practice within schools. It is based on the belief that creativity is not a skill bound within the arts, but a wider ability to question, make connections, and take an innovative and imaginative approach to problem solving. Lead Creative Schools invite Creative Practitioners to collaborate fully with pupils and teachers, to develop a new learning experience together. Find out more at http://www.arts.wales/what-we-do/creative-learning/the-lead-creative-schools-scheme
Ysgol Cedewain is a large day special school, which caters for pupils from 3 to 19 years of age who experience a wide range of educational, physical and sensory difficulties. The school has a highly skilled, motivated and committed staff team who create excellent working relationships with pupils and their families to ensure consistent approaches to learning. The curriculum incorporates the Foundation Phase, National Curriculum (modified and adapted to meet the needs of and to challenge our learners according to their very individual needs) and a vocational, modular curriculum approach for older teenagers.
Welsh is taught throughout school though English is the main language in use. At Ysgol Cedewain we foster an atmosphere where it is important to celebrate pupil achievement no matter how small the steps of progress being made. There is a very respectful, supportive and happy ethos within the school and a warm welcome for visitors. This will be our second year as a Lead Creative School.
Our project enquiry: Where does our stuff come from? Where does it go?
We are looking for one or more Creative Practitioners, with the enthusiasm, breadth of experience, creative skills, flexibility and imagination to inspire and collaborate with our pupils to explore issues of interdependence and sustainability. Through addressing these key questions, we hope the project will enable pupils to learn about the origins of their favourite things and to help them become more aware of the effect their actions and choices have on others, both in their everyday lives and on the on the other side of the world. The project will link with the Global Learning Programme and Ysgol Cedewain’s progress towards becoming an Eco School, supporting learning around geography, literacy and global citizenship, as well as PSHE.
The practitioner(s) will be working with young people aged 11-15, who have a broad range of learning and/or physical disabilities. (Most of the same pupils took part in our Year 1 Lead Creative Schools project, which focussed on learning about dealing with emotions, working with two practitioners, through drama and stop motion animation.)
Main art form/area of practice: We would particularly welcome practitioners with a passion for language, through creative writing, poetry, rap, etc. However, we are also interested in those with skills (visual arts, sculpture, environmental art, film, prop-making) who could help pupils to realise physical manifestations of their words and ideas in unexpected and imaginative ways.
Who we are looking for:
We are looking for a practitioner who is above all a collaborator, (working with pupils, teachers, support staff, senior managers and our LCS Creative Agent), a facilitator and enabler with a holistic approach to working with young people. The pupils you would be working with have a wide spectrum of abilities and disabilities, some of whom can be challenging to engage and have very limited physical, cognitive and communication skills. Someone who can draw out creativity in others and help build a supportive environment, where all participants (both pupils and teachers) feel supported and empowered to experiment with new ideas and approaches. A flexible person who has the ability to work in partnership (sharing decision-making and facilitating hands-on experience), reflect on and articulate the learning that has evolved through the project and be able to disseminate this within the school and its wider community. A person who is good-humoured and patient, sensitive and empathetic, having realistic yet ambitious expectations of all our young learners, while allowing them to be leaders in the process. Someone who can spot and act upon subtle learning opportunities as they arise.
Candidate skills, experience and requirements:
Essential qualities and skills
· Patience and a sense of humour
· Must demonstrate commitment to developing excellence in creative practice
· Must demonstrate commitment to facilitating creative learning activities with others and an understanding of the creative habits of mind as essential to that process
· Must be committed and enthusiastic about collaborating in depth with pupils, teachers and learning support staff, to plan and deliver activities in partnership with them throughout the course of the project.
· Have the confidence to take creative risks
· Ability to be reflective and effectively evaluate on a continuing basis
· Experience of facilitating learning in schools and understanding how schools work
· Working with people with disabilities.
· The successful candidate will be required to undergo a DBS check for working with children and vulnerable adults.
· The successful Creative Practitioner must be able to attend a two day training session (unless they have already attended practitioner training for a previous Lead Creative Schools project.) Training will take place on 12 & 13 October in Aberystwyth.
Duration of project, number of days work:
The successful candidate(s) would be expected to feed into the initial outline planning for the project in September. We envisage a contract of 20 – 24 days overall, taking place between September 2016 and March 2017. The dates are negotiable and will be agreed with the successful candidate(s). The project has an overall budget of £8000 to cover all fees, reasonable expenses and materials.
How to apply:
Please submit a CV and letter of application reflecting how your experience and qualities would make you a suitable candidate for this Lead Creative Schools project at Ysgol Cedewain. Applications may include up to 3 images (max size 2MB each) and/or one appropriate link illustrating your current creative practice.
Closing date for applications: Tuesday 23 August
Shortlisted candidates will be notified by Wednesday 7 September via email.
Interviews will be held at Ysgol Cedewain on Wednesday 14 September 2016.
Please email applications to Lauris Palshis, LCS School Co-ordinator: email@example.com
Prospective applicants are welcome to email Lauris at this address, for more information out of term time.
Published 25 July 2016