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What We Do
- Bridge Organisation Connecting young people with great arts and culture
- Culture Hubs Connecting Schools to Great Art and Culture...Coming Soon
- Arts Award A national qualification that supports young people to develop as artists and arts leaders.
- Artsmark The national programme that enables schools, further education colleges and youth justice settings to evaluate, celebrate and strengthen a quality arts offer.
- Engagement looking at issues around access and inclusion and sharing great models already working on the ground.
- Bridge Development Groups Bridge Development Groups
- Strong Voices funded by the Department of Education, aims to ensure disadvantaged and vulnerable young people feel able to access the arts and culture opportunities that already exist in their area.
- Membership Network Curious Minds Schools Membership Network
- Achievement & Arts Award all young people do have genuine access to progression and talent development opportunities
- Information, communication and advocacy a more joined up approach, streamlining information and championing innovative methods of communicating information.
- Quality and Artsmark providing quality experiences for children and young people and encouraging schools and other education settings to work in partnership with quality arts organisations and practitioners.
- Funding Advice support for grassroots organisations who use the arts to work with children and young people
- Action Learning Curious Minds are hosting Action Learning sets delivered by experienced facilitators in each of the North West sub-regions
- Services for Schools Curious Minds offer for schools for the 2011-12 academic year and more
- Previous Projects and Programmes An overview of the programmes, projects and activities delivered by Curious Minds in the past.
- State of the Region - North West exploring the needs, barriers and potential in connecting children and young people, schools and communities with arts and culture
- Sources of Funding This resource lists some of the main sources of funding for work with children and young people in the UK.
- Creative Learning and the New OFSTED Framework how and why creativity is still very much at the heart of the new OFSTED framework
- Developing Different Voices - Publication celebrate the range and diversity of Creative Partnerships work that took place in schools with a special educational needs focus.
- Our Impact Curious Minds' impact in schools
- Case Studies An online database of case studies from the Curious Minds’ programmes.
- Safeguarding Policy Download Curious Minds Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct
- Videos and Films
- E-bulletin Archive Here we list the e-bulletins we have sent out to our stakeholders in the past.
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- Fishing for the Future - Publication ‘How do we maximise and sustain future leadership capacity in our schools?’
- Curious Stories Curious Stories from Curious Minds on sale now
Curious Minds and Sector News
- Mandy's Parental Engagement Blog
- Cheshire Marketplace Review
- Techno-able Project Review
- Specialist Leaders in Cultural Education (SLICE)
- Art And Culture Advocates Reflect On Their Year
- An Interview with Curious Teresa
- Golden and Blazing Arts Awards
- Mayor of Liverpool's Education Commission Report
- Curious Minds Delivers First Artsmark Training Day
- Cultural Education Plan Launched
- Curious Parsons Joins The Team
- Get It Loud In Libraries Returns!
- Creative Employment Programme Brings Job Opportunities To Young People In Manchester
- Rhyddings Riding on a Summer High
- Ready Set Celebrate Arts Award
- Strong Voices - National Programme Launched
- An Interview with Curious Holly
- BFI Launches UK-Wide Search for Next Generation of Film Industry Talent
- CAKE: A New Production By Whalley Range All Stars
- New Teacher Training Opportunity - Sense of Sound
- FREE offer to Pennine Lancashire Schools
- State of the Region – Schools and Education Report Launched
- War Horse Arts Award Explore Resource Launched
- Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Schools’ Concerts 2014
- CLOSE / DISTANCE - Education workshops and Performance:
- Merseyside Schools Embrace Arts Award and Culture
- Together In Harmony – Four Years of In Harmony Liverpool
- Opera North Creative Encounters for Schools
- Creative Jobs and Apprenticeships in Manchester
- Creative Traineeships: Callout for Expression of Interest
- Training Opportunities From The Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme
- Artsmark School Celebrations
- DaDaFest and Alder Hey project Arts Award
- Championing Culture in Tameside
- Free Schools Taster Workshops From Collective Encounters
- Partnerships with Housing Associations?
- Arts Award and the First World War
- St Augustine Pull Out All The Stops
- Artsbox: a new free digital portfolio space for Arts Award
- Hallé For Youth Concerts For Schools 2014
- Mental Health Training for Arts Practitioners
- Opportunity for a creative arts experience
- Curious Minds Supports Development Of Apprenticeships In Arts & Cultural Sector Across NW
- Big Dance Pledge 2014
- Artsmark Celebration Review and Resources
- Business Support Contract Opportunity From Stone Soup
|Enquiry Question||How can we develop the skills of students to become effective researchers, evaluating teaching and learning within our new learning centre?|
|School||Knowsley Hey Arts College|
Unexpected outcomes included the considerable extra confidence gained by the students. This was evidenced by a delegation that went off mission when visiting another Learning Centre. Unrehearsed, they sought out the Head Teacher and asked for an interview. They then conducted this interview with creativity and maturity using their own questionnaire and adding relevant additional questions
Paul Mellor (School Coordinator)
Teaching and learning practice within Knowsley is currently going through a period of great change. Through the authority’s Wave 1 Building Schools for the Future programme schools have merged to create new Learning Centres - all teaching to a new pedagogical framework that has the ambition of creating environments and practices suited to 21st century learning.
In preparation for its transition to becoming a Learning Centre, Knowsley Hey Arts College developed a group of student researchers across Key Stage 4, who were actively engaged in evaluating teaching and learning practice within their school, presenting their findings to the Senior Management Team.
The pupils worked with Dr Nick Owen from Aspire Trust to plan and deliver their research project and with Paul Main to collect and collate information using a range of different ICT methods. The pupils set research objectives and realistic, achievable outcomes; formulated research methodologies and project plans; designed creative questionnaires; undertook research interviews and devised and managed a series of consultation and information-gathering events, facilitating participation and collating the information that was gathered.
Change on the scale that is taking place in Knowlsey can often be challenging. This project created the means for a variety of opinions to be heard from inside and outside of the school. During the consultation days, parents asked difficult but important questions for the school to respond to and pupils played a crucial in setting up a dialogue between their school and the wider community.
- The project provided a real-life context for learning.
- Students identified communication and teamwork as skills they significantly improved through the project. They developed a good understanding of effective questioning and how to interpret responses, as well as their ability to present to an audience
- The students worked effectively as a team, supporting each other and playing to each others’ strengths to plan and deliver the research programme and associated events
- Students now have greater experience of using technology to compile and present statistics meaningfully
- Teachers were surprised by the degree of autonomy and creativity shown by students. This was particularly evident when visiting other schools - students acted on their own initiative and with a confidence not previously evident
- Teachers said they better understand the value of allowing students to undertake projects with minimal supervision and giving them opportunities to use their own methods of finding answers.
- The idea of students as researchers will be continued into the next year of the school’s Change School programme, as they become the new Huyton Arts & Sports Learning Centre
- All of the learning from the project, and issues raised relating to the new building, will be incorporated into the School’s Development and Improvement Plan
- Next year, based on the learning from this project, students will be engaged in designing methods of self-evaluation for different aspects of their learning.