Lead Creative Schools Scheme

The Regional team spent the Spring term visiting Lead Creative Schools’ projects and assessing applications from prospective Round 3 schools.

Across the three application windows between 2015 -2017, 30% of schools within the Central South region have applied to become part of the Lead Creative Schools Scheme (more information on these schools will follow in the coming months).

We were delighted to be able to offer our Round 1 schools the option to submit a proposal for developing school-to-school learning; allowing schools to share the pedagogy of the Lead Creative Schools Scheme and their learning throughout their two year journey to other schools within the region.

Below is a flavour of some of the activity that has taken place in Lead Creative Schools during the term:

  • To develop their Welsh language skills pupils from Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Evan James visited BBC Radio Wales to interview Wynne Evans as part of their own school radio station they have been developing as part of their project.
  • Pupils from Pencoed Primary School exhibited work from their numeracy project at Llandough Hospital Art Gallery.
  • Pupils from Stanwell School have been developing an online platform to enhance their Welsh oracy skills. Part of this project included a group of pupils attending a dining experience at Michelin Star Restaurant James Sommerin where they became food critics for the evening.

Some Lead Creative Schools have been reporting on their project’s progress on their blog or website; here is Llanharan Primary School’s blog and Glyncoed Primary school’s website.

To see more Lead Creative Schools work follow #leadcreativeschools / #creativelearning / #dysgucreadigol / #YsgolionCreadigolArweinniol on twitter.

Although the final application window to join the Lead Creative Schools Scheme has passed it is not too late to engage with the Arts Council of Wales: Creative learning through the Arts – an action plan for Wales. Schools can apply for one of the Experiencing the Arts fund (Go & See and Creative Collaborations) as well as engage with the Regional Arts and Education Network (a2connect) who are providing numerous CPD opportunities for teachers.

Image: Pupils from Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School exploring creative learning approaches to literacy with film maker Tracy Pallant.

Dan Allen

Dan Allen

Regional Officer at Arts Council of Wales
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