KS2 Arts Award – Where do I start?

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Abbey Catholic Primary School

Good Practice Centre Abbey Catholic Primary School will be blogging their Arts Award journey as part of their Good Practice Centre year. The school runs Arts Award at Discover through to Bronze, enjoying the challenges and celebrations of achievement the award brings to their pupils. In their first instalment, Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) and Arts Award lead Rebecca Lonergan, discuss how they got started with their programme. Continue reading


Add some sparkle to your Christmas show with Arts Award!

It’s a busy time in schools at the moment – not only are teachers battling end of term fatigue, but many schools are in the final throes of putting together their end of year performance. In primary schools this is usually a nativity or Christmas celebration, while secondary schools could have anything from carol services to full-blown musicals, recitals, dance shows and art exhibitions. It’s exhausting just thinking of the options!

But the good news (apart from all the mince pies which hopefully have appeared in your staff rooms) is that Arts Award fits fantastically well with all of these events. We wanted to share just some of the ways you can bring even more value to your winter productions, and help your young people gain their Arts Award at the same time.

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How To… : Explore in a week

The summer holidays are upon us and arts organisations, summer schools and community groups across the country and providing creative opportunities for young people to get stuck into. In this blog post we are going to explore Explore and how planning for a week of intensive delivery can help with your summer plans! Read on as we provide ideas, hints and tips for the perfect summer Arts Award challenge.

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Exploring Part D – Top Tips for Explore Advisers

IMG_1470The Arts Award Blog is an opportunity for us to share things we think will be useful to advisers delivering any level of Arts Award. Sometimes we’ll narrow our focus down to one particular level, as with our Off the Shelf resource designed around Bronze. But we’d like to start the year off by talking about a single part within one level. This week we’re going to offer some guidance on Explore Part D. Continue reading

Arts Award and the Family Arts Festival

arts ward deda 061Our latest guest blog comes from Charlotte Convey at QUAD.  Charlotte tells us about how Arts Award was used in their Family Arts Festival activities and what they learned ahead of this year’s delivery.

QUAD is a gallery, cinema, café bar, digital resource and workshop that anyone can use.  We are a creative hub that connects people and businesses to art and film and create opportunities for entertainment, education and participation.

Our aim for the Family Arts Festival was to encourage our Q Club families to become more actively involved in the creative activities that their children take part in (in Derby) and for those children to achieve a Discover Arts Award.  The project included group activities and suggested go and see performances not only at QUAD but also at Déda. Continue reading

Access Fund in focus: Soundcastle

This week Jenni Parkinson from Soundcastle writes about a community project delivered last year following their successful Access Fund grant application which allowed Arts Award to be offered free for young peopleJenni tells us how the Soundcastle team integrated Explore into their delivery with positive results!

In 2014 we offered Arts Award Explore as an optional extra element to our family community project Musical Beacons.  The project is based in a community centre in a Tower Hamlets social housing estate, and families with children of all ages attend weekly sessions to compose their own music inspired by their local area and identity.

We offered Arts Award as a way to encourage participants to attend every week, and therefore be able to recognise and celebrate their progress and achievements.  Nine young people between the ages of 5 and 10 took up this opportunity, and committed to staying an extra half an hour after the sessions each week for one term.  During this extra time we facilitated extension activities, such as opportunities to interview professional musicians, and allowed time for reflection and documenting of their work in the main sessions to build the Arts Award portfolio. Continue reading