Leading a Creative Curriculum Conference

Wednesday 24th May 2017 | Bridwell House and Deer Park, Cullompton | 09:30 - 15:45

What are the key reasons to attend our Creative Curriculum Conference?
A chance to explore a range of inspiring practical activities to promote mental health and wellbeing in your school.  Join our two renowned keynote speakers to hear about the research based around the teaching and impact of the Arts and learn how to apply and utilise digital art forms across the wider curriculum.
A truly creative curriculum provides vibrant, stimulating and challenging opportunities which encourages and motivates pupils to think, learn and act imaginatively and independently. The Arts subjects, both separately and collectively, support personal, social, moral, spiritual, cultural and creative development of pupils of all ages enabling them to engage with and explore sensory experiences and how to recognise and communicate ideas and meanings.
The Arts contribute to pupils becoming passionate explorers and risk-takers, and in doing so develop the skills and talents that will have a lasting impact on their own learning skills. Dr Susan Young, from Exeter University, will explore this further and develop the concept of how to enable pupils to be experimental and expressive by shifting the active role from the teacher to the pupil. Dr Edward Sellman, from The University of Nottingham will later delve into how creativity has been proven and demonstrated to aid mindfulness and harness the mental wellbeing of our pupils.
Workshops will enable delegates to explore emerging digital technology , engage in local and regional research projects, learn about Artsmark and Arts Award and participate in an active example of using art to support and promote positive mental health.
Who should attend?
  • Suitable for EYFS and Primary phase settings:
  • Headteachers
  • Subject Leaders for Art, Music, Drama
  • Teachers
  • SENCos
  • Teaching Assistants
  • EYFS Practitioners
 Keynote Speakers
Dr Edward Sellman
Lecturer in Education, University of Nottingham
Dr Edward Sellman researches positive education, wellbeing, creativity and inclusion as a member of the Centre for Research in Human Flourishing at the University of Nottingham’s School of Education. He is the course leader of a MA Special & Inclusive Education and supervises PhD students. Edward originally trained as an art/primary-school teacher and then worked with children experiencing social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in a range of settings. He has conducted numerous research projects concerning the mental health of students in schools, publishing a range of journal articles and books on these and related topics.

Dr Susan Young

Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies and Music Education
The University of Exeter
Susan Young recently retired as senior lecturer in early childhood studies and music education at the University of Exeter, UK.  She is a senior research fellow at the University of Roehampton, London and Associate of the Centre for Research in Early Childhood, Birmingham. Her career has combined university lecturing with a range of freelance research, evaluation and consultancy specialising in early years arts, music and education.  She has published widely in professional and academic journals, is frequently invited to present at conferences, both nationally and internationally and has written several books, including Music with the Under Fours and Music 3-5.  

Liz Hill
Director of Daisi (Devon Arts In Schools Initiative) 
Director of Daisi since 2004, Liz leads the organisation including creative project development, partnership and relationship development, organisational development, strategic business planning, and fundraising.  During Liz’s tenure, Daisi has delivered a wide range of creative arts programmes benefiting many thousands of children and young people, and established a highly respected reputation for collaborative work across the culture sector.  Previously Liz was a full-time teacher (performing arts) in secondary comprehensive schools in London and Peterborough, followed by an education development role with international touring dance company Shobana Jeyasingh Dance.  Liz is also a board member of another local charity, Dance in Devon. 

Keynote Presentations

Art Works: Using the Arts to Promote Mental Health in Education Settings

Dr Edward Sellman, School of Education, University of Nottingham
Edward will present an overview of the opportunities to promote mental health through creative practice. He will consider how an emphasis on process or product affects these opportunities, arguing that a pedagogic position that accommodates both support and flexibility for independent enquiry is advantageous. Drawing on multiple case studies he will also explore the possibilities and pitfalls of arts projects with specific social, emotional and health related goals. 

Leading a Creative Curriculum: Pedagogy and Practice
Dr Susan Young, Senior Research Fellow, Applied Music Research Group, University of Roehampton and Centre for Research in Early Childhood, Birmingham

Not long ago I visited a class of 5-year-olds in Beijing and watched them all copy, as exactly as they could, a picture of a finely detailed blue and white patterned Chinese vase into their own art books. I’m certain, like me, you would have thought of the self-initiated freedom of the painting activities we usually provide for children in our classrooms and nurseries and compared the two very different approaches.  Yet the dominant music education approach in our schools and nurseries is the equivalent of copying the Chinese vase – typically the adult chooses and models the musical task, and the children join in, learning by rote.  Why is there such a divergence in pedagogies for the arts?  Does it matter?  Are music and visual arts different and need to be taught differently?  In this presentation I will discuss the different pedagogical traditions in art and music, how these are played out in practice and consider the pros and cons of different approaches.    



The Digital Arts Project
Sam Eyre, AST Art and Design/ Digital Media Lead Practioner, Coombeshead Academy

EYFS and KS1: Where’s the Music?
Jane Parker, Music Practitioner Researcher, ‘SoundWaves Extra’ Take Art and Lisa Broad, Specialist Lead in Early Years Education

A practical and interactive workshop focussing on the benefits of music for its own sake. All children arrive in our settings as spontaneous creative music makers. As facilitators, we don’t need to start from scratch when we ‘do’ music, but support, reinforce and extend what our little music makers can already do. This workshop will share the importance and value of music from 0 to 8, offering practical suggestions for engaging with and fostering everyone’s creativity through musical activities.
• Learn songs and activities developing both children’s and adult’s musicality
• Watch and discuss children’s spontaneous music making and look at ways adults might play creatively with children
• Discuss theoretical information to inform and support our practice, with a brief over-view of musical development in young children and the benefits of music making in the early years

Working together to explore how the creative arts workshop can support young people who are experiencing mental health issues

Simon Ripley, Director of The Double Elephant Print Workshop and Liz Hill, Director, Daisi

Liz Hill (Daisi) and artist Simon Ripley will share learning from Daisi's current ArtEffect project.  ArtEffect, supported by Devon County Council, is a collaboration between artists, young people, and Devon schools.  The project is exploring and articulating how the creative arts workshop in school can support young people who are experiencing mental health issues.

Reflective practice is at the centre of ArtEffect, which has involved training for artists and setting staff, and consultation with art psychotherapists and care co-ordinators from the health profession.  ArtEffect is not art therapy and is not a clinical intervention.  But the creative arts activities have been designed with health-related outcomes in mind, or 'Links into Life'.

Liz will share some of the findings from the project so far, including key features of how the sessions have been set up in school which have been linked to successful outcomes, and the evidence that has been collected against the project's aims of supporting young people's mental health.

Simon will offer conference participants a hands-on printmaking opportunity, whilst sharing further reflections on how his group of ArtEffect young people interacted with this art form, and his observations on the features of his workshop sessions which created positive health outcomes for the group.

Combining Traditional with Digital
Dominic Traynor- CEO and Lead Trainer of A Tale Unfolds

Bringing together best practice in traditional literacy and digital literacy, this workshop will demonstrate how to combine sentence level techniques and a digital end product in order to give English lessons a genuine sense of purpose for our digital natives

Arts Award and Artsmark
Real Ideas Organisation (Arts Council Bridge Organisation- SW)

RIO leads the Arts Award and Artsmark regional development for the South West as part of this Bridge network.
Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications, through the five levels, children can explore any art form including performing arts, visual arts, literature, media and multimedia. The award builds confidence, helps young people to enjoy cultural activities
To achieve their Arts Award, children take on challenge, participate in arts activities, experience arts events, get inspired by artists and share their arts skills with others. Young people create a portfolio to keep a record of their creative journey.
Awarded by Arts Council England, designed by schools, the new Artsmark award can help schools to deliver a high quality arts and cultural education and provides an excellent way to demonstrate this. Artsmark schools gain access to exceptional resources as well as networks of the country’s most treasured cultural organisations, helping them develop and strengthen their arts provision

Representatives from RIO will run an interactive workshop to detail how the programmes work and explore how they can be introduced into your school.
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