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10 January 2018

New Advisory Board members wanted to bring arts & culture to children & young people

Culture Bridge North East logo
Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums is seeking new Advisory Board members for Culture Bridge North East.

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08 January 2018

Guest blog: Young People as Leaders, by Ellen Orange of Team Juice, Editor of the Juice Festival blog

Ellen Orange of Team Juice
Culture Bridge North East is working with the Juice Festival and Team Juice on our next Big Ideas event next month. The event is themed around children and young people's voices in leadership. Here, guest blogger Ellen Orange, who edits the Juice Festival blog as a member of Team Juice, offers her take on the topic.

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11 December 2017

Call for participants: Big Ideas - Children and Young People's Voices in Leadership event

Big Ideas
How does your organisation incorporate the voices of children? Culture Bridge North East is working with Juice Festival to host our next Big Ideas event.

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08 December 2017

Guest blog: Arts Award at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

Children enjoying the Making a Mark project for their Arts Award
Jenny Phillips is Education Officer at Middlesbrough’s Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, which is part of the Making a Mark programme. Offering children the chance to gain an Arts Award as part of the programme has proven popular with teachers over the last few years.

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08 December 2017

Blog: The Dance of Partnerships

Eileen Atkins
By Eileen Atkins – Area Manager for County Durham and Tees Valley.

I’m studying for an MSc in Management and Leadership, an amazing yet very challenging experience. I'm currently working on a module about organisational behaviour and how people interact, and I’d like to share a few gems I’ve come across in the many hours I’ve spent with my nose in textbooks.

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13 November 2017

Guest blog: Arts Award and Music Education Hubs, by Jacky Craig

Pupils that have completed Arts Award through music
Jacky Craig is Lead Officer for Music Partnership North, the music education hub in Northumberland and Newcastle. She supports and delivers many aspects of music, both in and out of schools, to broaden opportunities and enrich the lives of children and young people, including through Arts Award.

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06 November 2017

Blog - Our Artsmark journey to Platinum, by Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools

Newminster Middle School pupils visit the Laing Art Gallery
Newminster and Chantry Middle Schools in Morpeth are part of the Three Rivers Learning Trust. and recently achieved their Platinum Artsmark.

In this blog, Charlotte Jones, Curriculum Leader of the Creative Arts, explains how it has helped the schools to build stronger external partnerships with a more diverse range of organisations, therefore deepening the pupil experience.

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25 October 2017

Guest blog: Gold Arts Award at Durham Sixth Form Centre, by Victoria Scholfield

Students at Durham Sixth Form Centre working towards Arts Award Gold
Durham Sixth Form Centre offers Gold Arts Award to all Year 13 students, as an alternative qualification that sits alongside its curriculum plan. Here, Victoria Scholfield, Lead Teacher of Dance and Gold Arts Award Adviser at Durham Sixth Form Centre, explains more.

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25 October 2017

Guest blog: Bronze and Silver Arts Award, by Paul Martin

Some of the activities students of Arts Award get up to at The Sage Gateshead
Paul Martin, CoMusica Arches Project Leader, and Arts Award Leader for The Sage Gateshead, is a member of a peer mentoring cohort of Bronze and Silver Arts Award Advisers, who met for the first time last month. Here, Paul shares his experience of delivering Arts Award with a focus on Bronze and Silver.

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13 October 2017

Record number of North East schools gain coveted Artsmark

Artsmark Celebration Week 2017
This Artsmark Celebration Week, a record 16 schools in the North East region have been granted Artsmark status, the creative quality standard for all schools, accredited by Arts Council England.

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12 October 2017

Guest blog: How Artsmark contributes to whole school improvement at Ravenswood Primary

Ravenswood pupils performing at The Sage Gateshead
As part of Artsmark Celebration Week, Headteacher at Ravenswood Primary School Clive Maddison, explains how Artsmark focused its activities on music, with a transformative effect.

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11 October 2017

Guest blog: Arts Award and Artsmark: One big journey at The Duchess’s Community High School

Artsmark Celebration Week 2017
A guest blog by Ruth Brown, Head of Creative Arts Faculty at The Duchess’s Community High School (DCHS) in Northumberland, to mark Artsmark Celebration Week.

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11 October 2017

Blog: It started with a library

Mel Carter
By Melanie Carter – Area Manager for North Tyneside and Northumberland.

Last weekend, I took my three-year-old to our local library, at his request.

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10 October 2017

Guest blog: Embarking on Artsmark for the first time by Emma Lynch, Richardson Dees Primary School

A pupil at Richardson Dees Primary School helps create a sculpture
Richardson Dees Primary School is new to Artsmark, having been awarded Silver following its first application. Teacher Emma Lynch has found being involved in Artsmark a positive experience, providing all staff with a hook on which to hang all the school’s creative endeavours. And Artsmark also provides evidence of how a school is meeting its social, moral, cultural and spiritual requirements for Ofsted.

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09 October 2017

Guest blog: Artsmark and Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), by Tracy Hutchinson of The Dales School, Northumberland

A Dales pupil enjoying arts activities
The pupils at The Dales School, based in Blyth, Northumberland, have different challenges, including Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), Attention Defecit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs, and other medical and congenital complexities.

The school was delighted to achieve Artsmark Platinum last school year, and teacher Tracy Hutchinson feels its involvement in the scheme has overtly emphasised the importance of offering authentic, engaging activities. In this blog as part of Artsmark Celebration Week 2017, she explains more about the positive impact Artsmark has had on staff, pupils and parents, not only in terms of the arts but also in team building and developing stronger community links.

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27 September 2017

Culture Bridge North East Fund provides a lasting legacy

A child enjoys funded arts activity in Bellingham, Northumberland
A newly launched initiative will ensure a source of funding for those working with young people across the region, to help them access quality arts and cultural activity for generations to come.

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13 September 2017

Guest blog: Arts, culture and school improvement, by Jeanne Hale

Jeanne Hale
Jeanne Hale is a consultant to the education and cultural sectors, and a school governor. In this blog post, which has also been featured in Newcastle City Council's most recent GoverNews publication, she calls upon fellow school governors to actively join the debate about the place of arts and culture in education.

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13 September 2017

Blog: Freedom for fuzziness, by Elvie Thompson

Elvie Thompson
Notes from the Durham University/Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development conference on creativity in education and culture, by Elvie Thompson, CBNE Programme Manager

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07 September 2017

Blog: Focus on Arts Award - My experience, by Erin Moffat

Erin as Belle in her production of Beauty and the Beast
Hi! I'm Erin, I'm 17 and I’m a member of the Customs House Youth Theatre, currently working on my Gold Arts Award. I first heard about the Arts Award programme when I was performing in a show called Sisters Grimm. I didn’t know much about the options, so with some advice from my adviser I started out completing an Explore Arts Award.

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21 August 2017

Blog: Your Arts Award questions - answered and animated

The production team
Throughout the Arts Award support programme, a few questions have cropped up more than once. We’re keen to share these, and our responses with you. So Elizabeth Kane, Learning Officer at The Customs House, will now share the story of how our Animated Experts project aimed to do just that.

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