Sally helped me formulate my ideas and see the big picture of what my project will look like. She has been a great support and very efficient point of contact.
Liverpool's Resonate Music Hub
Following on from recent work mapping how music organisations are working with schools across their educational provision for Curious Minds, this work developed and piloted a new scheme for music practitioners and schools across Liverpool, on behalf of the Resonate Music Hub. The training and development package forms part of a programme helping teachers become music leaders in school. It helps identify and improve opportunities for schools to work with music partners which can then be strategically understood, formally identified and celebrated as part of an application for Arts Council England's Artsmark.
Artsmark Research & Consultancy
Working as one of a team of consultants for Curious Minds, helping schools feel more ready and able to apply for Arts Council England's Artsmark award. This involved talking with headteachers throughout Lancashire and Merseyside about better understanding the value of the award internally and externally, and being able and confident in applying for the award. By identifying perceived or actual barriers from schools, and feeding this back to Curious Minds, the team hoped to find ways to help schools be ready to articulate, celebrate and share their achievements in the arts more clearly, and where gaps in their provision are identified, to help them address this strategically.
Artsmark Assessment & Moderation
In 2012 Sally visited 16 primary and secondary schools as an Artsmark validator to assess arts provision for pupils and staff, across art, dance, drama, music, creative writing and many other arts and media specialisms. It was a pleasure to see the quality of arts education on offer in schools, and very reassuring to see some really innovate work taking place. Sally is also a Moderator and Trainer for Artsmark, helping ensure the robustness and quality of the application process; moderating 70 applications this year. One of Sally's favourite roles of the year, this helps her keep up to date with what is really going on in schools, see some wonderful work, and meet the most passionate teachers and pupils enjoying the arts in education.
Children's Art Day
As part of Flow Associates Sally worked with colleagues on developing an award programme for London schools as part of Children's Art Day. The awards focussed on the creative application or interpretation of drawing, working with an artist, and encouraging the outdoors or buildings as a theme. The awards were commissioned by the Mayor of London with Engage.
Artsmark Teacher Consultation
Sally worked with Arts Council England to research the support teachers needs when applying for new version of the scheme (launched 2011); made recommendations about communities of practice, training and network support, online and in person.
Building Schools for the Future
Arts Council England NW, Manchester City Council and Creative Partnerships contracted Sally to conduct some early consultation around the aspirations of three schools about to become part of the BSF first round of school rebuilds. The brief specifically asked for opportunities for staff and students to think about ways of working with creative practitioners (eg artists, designers, architects) to collaborate on creating the new school.
Final recommendations were categorised around:
* creative consultation with students
* professional development for staff
* opportunities to use activity to contribute to raising attainment
* profile raising for schools, staff and students involved
Contracted as Evaluation Consultant for Little Acorns, a part of Liverpool Capital of Culture, Sally explored a programme aiming to identify good practice in artists of all types, working in early years settings across Merseyside. The project invited the artists, staff and children to find ways of exploring the central themes of Liverpool, community, heritage, identity and family.
Sally also worked as Evaluation Consultant for a programme of creative interventions in children's centres and schools across the NW borough of St Helens. The project was co-ordinated by local authority children's services as part of their wider Give Us a Shout strategy to improve communication in children under 5 throughout the borough. The project involved a range of artists and therapists working across eight settings over a full school year.
Both projects linked to the Earlyarts national networking programme created and run by Isaacs UK.