News

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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29 July 2017

Blog: Arts Award and family learning - Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

TWAM AA
A guest blog by Clare Smith of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums about integrating Arts Award into the organisation's family offer.

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04 July 2017

Blog: Arts Award - Building positive learning relationships at Hebburn Comprehensive School

Hebburn Comprehensive School
A guest blog by Siobhan Woodcock, Support and Inclusion Manager at Hebburn Comprehensive in South Tyneside.

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03 July 2017

New Cultural Leadership programme aims to promote creative learning in North East schools

Teachers and school leaders on the Cultural Leadership programme
24 North East school leaders and teachers are among the first in the region to complete a new programme at Newcastle University, designed to promote cultural and creative learning and to build a network of cultural leaders within schools in the region.

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30 June 2017

Blog: In the (upper?) hand of technology

Helen Green
Helen Green has been hunting out technology and thinking about the impact it is making – is it positive or negative?

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27 June 2017

Young people in Tees Valley get started in arts and culture

Young people who took part in Get Started
Young people in Tees Valley have learnt about developing apps thanks to £25,000 which was awarded to The Prince’s Trust from Culture Bridge North East

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