It has been a hectic couple of weeks. The Lead Creative Schools (LCS) scheme has taken off in earnest with consultation events at both of my Primary Schools.
I work as a Creative Agent on this Arts Council Wales scheme. Whilst this is the most fabulous job title I have had to date it is also fascinating and challenging fun. I am working with two quite different primary schools who both have an interest in outdoor education. One is Ysgol Bryn Teg just outside of Llanelli and the other is Pennard Primary on the Gower.
I have worked with the LCS team at each school to set up consultation events with stakeholders (parents and governors) and the pupils who are going to be involved. Being a creative project these consultation events made great use of creative activities and challenges to explore what was important about learning for each group, and how they thought learning could be most effective.
We used exactly the same activities and games at each school for each group. So the adults got to play and explore and the pupils got to explain how they felt they would learn best. It was all great fun, entertaining and informative.
From this base I then sat down with each team to develop and write the Project Outlines. These are then used to invite Creative Practitioners from any artistic discipline to apply and explain how they would meet the brief. You can view and download the Project Outlines by clicking on the links below.
The closing dates for expressions of interest for both projects is quite soon and then we have interviews to arrange, which will involve stakeholder, pupil and staff representatives working together to choose the creative practitioners who they feel would create something engaging, imaginative, inspiring and sustainable at their school. Not much pressure there then!
Interesting times are ahead. Delivery of each project is during the Spring Term, so there is a lot of work to be done between now and the end of this term.