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Arts Awards: Supporting a broad & balanced curriculum for schools

Ofsted’s new inspection framework will see it downgrade the importance of exam results in favour of assessing whether schools are offering a ‘broad, rich and deep’ curriculum.

FUSION, Barnsley’s Cultural Education Partnership, has been working with IVE to explore how Arts Award can support schools to develop and evidence their arts provision as part a broad and balanced curriculum

In 2019 a pilot in Barnsley schools saw over 250 children pursue Arts Awards to develop new skills, gaining a formal vocational qualification for their artistic and creative achievements in school. All reported extremely positive impacts on attitudes to learning, engagement, depth of learning and creativity.

Your school’s opportunity to pursue Arts Award

We want to open up this opportunity for more Barnsley schools this academic year – giving YOUR pupils the chance to take part in this brilliant opportunity while teaching staff are supported by Barnsley based Arts and Cultural organisations offering experiences, activities and inspiration along the way.

What you need to know?

All you need to deliver Arts Award to your children, is for one or two enthusiastic members of staff to attend a half-day Arts Award Adviser training and an after of planning and practice sharing meeting with other schools involved. This includes a programme of support, guidance and training that enables schools to work together, share practice and create a support network with an arts development focus.

Arts Award Discover and Explore

Arts Award Discover and Explore – A half day training for school staff in Discover (an introductory award) and Explore (Entry Level 3 – Qualification no: 600 / 3894 / 9). Delivered with pupils aged 5+yrs.

Once trained those members of staff can oversee delivery of Arts Award Discover and Explore in any year group in your school. They also hold that status for life.

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Your school’s opportunity to pursue Arts Award

As a series of vocational qualifications, there are costs attached to moderation and certification. The group are looking for funding sources to subsidise these costs for each school involved.

Schools involved in this year’s pilot have found innovative ways to cover this cost.

Full cost of moderation and certification

  • Discover: £ 3.95 per young person
  • Explore: £13.50 per young person

Interested in finding out more?

Get in touch with [email protected] Once we have an idea of how many schools are interested, we’ll invite you to a short meeting. There’s no obligation to sign up at the meeting. It’s just an opportunity to find out more about what’s involved, how it can support and enhance the curriculum and the benefits to your school, staff and pupils.
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Fusion Creative Exchange

Inspiring ideas for using the arts and creativity to support children’s wellbeing...

Hosted by Fusion, Barnsley’s Cultural Education Partnership, the Creative Exchange (formerly the Arts & Creativity Teach Meet) is an informal digital FREE networking event for primary school teachers, artist/arts organisations and people who work directly with children. 

We’ll be focusing on simple and practical ideas for using the arts and creativity to support children’s wellbeing, networking, sharing ideas and good practice in a friendly and informal way.

It’s totally free to attend and we’d love you to join us!

FUSION’s Children and Young People’s Festival 2020

May 2020 will see Barnsley’s first ever children and young people’s festival featuring events by FUSION partners that promise to delight and entertain.

Grounded in co-creation the festival will include showcase events designed by children and young people for children and young people.

FUSION is currently recruiting for a creative producer to deliver the co-creation element of the festival. To find out more read more… [include link to EoI].