Creativity and Innovation in the Curriculum Conference

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Inspire engagement in learning through creativity, ensuring that learners with SEND fulfill their potential.

SEND conference


Tuesday 26 March

Location and time

Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT

08:30 - 15:30

Creativity & Innovation in the Curriculum

Hosted by Culture Bridge North East and the SEND Teaching School Collaborative North East

Let’s share the debate about doing the right thing for the right reasons in educating future generations of children with additional barriers to learning, whilst meeting Ofsted expectations.

The conference will enable you to better understand and inspire engagement in learning through creativity and innovation, ensuring that learners with SEND and additional needs fulfill their potential.

Our aim is to animate new thinking about how creativity can contribute to improving outcomes for these pupils within the context of a changing educational climate. The event is for leaders, school staff and governors who are committed to rising to this challenge.

We have brought together leading creative and educational practitioners to provide practical examples of how the arts and creativity have enabled children with special educational needs improve their performance, and examples of how creative approaches to teaching can be effective vehicles to:

engage children in their learning

deliver the curriculum

support teachers to develop their practice

promote children’s physical and emotional wellbeing

enable schools to deliver on their improvement priorities

Contributors will include:

Creativity Culture Education, an international foundation dedicated to transforming the learning experience of children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds across the world.

Tin Arts, a dance company which uses the arts to deliver science learning in exciting and innovative ways.

Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, which runs programmes to engage SEND children with its collections.

Mortal Fools Theatre Company, an award-winning theatre company which specialises in linking drama and performance to personal growth, transferable skills and social responsibility.

Trilby Cat Theatre Company, which uses ‘Speech Bubbles’, an evidence-based drama intervention to support communication and wellbeing in children with speech, language and communication needs.

Bare Toed Dance Company, uses observation allied to research about wellbeing, self-esteem, creativity and relaxation to help anyone value and benefit from their movement

Durham University, which is collaborating with Arts Council England to identify ways in which creative thinking can play a larger part in the lives of young people both within and beyond the education system.

Josephine and Jack Shack Project, which uses two life-size, anatomically correct puppets to explore issues about sexuality and relationships with young people with learning difficulties.

This full day event costs £100 and includes lunch. You will receive an invoice following confirmation of your place on the programme.

Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.