Annual Arts Conference: Leading a Creative Curriculum

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

What are the key reasons to attend our Creative Curriculum Arts 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
Early years music is Dr Susan Young's area of special interest and research. She has written widely on the topic in practitioner magazines, academic journals and is frequently invited to present to both practitioner and academic audiences, both in the UK and internationally. She is author of Music with the Under Fours, and with Jo Glover, of Music in the Early Years.
Dr Susan Young has taught in a range of different educational settings, including primary, secondary and early years. She was until recently Principal Lecturer and Coordinator of Music Education at the University of Roehampton before joining the University of Exeter.
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. 


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

ArtEffect- Supporting Mental Health through Creative Arts
Simon Ripley, ArtEffect Project Artist and Liz Hill, ArtEffect Project Lead and Director of Daisi

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

Arts Award and Artsmark
Real Ideas Organisation (Arts Council Bridge Organisation- SW)
Early Bird Price - £155+VAT (valid until 31st March 2017)
Full Price - £205+VAT
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