Apply for a £2500 bursary for your school

The Mighty Creatives: Group Schools Offer

As part of our response to The Cultural Education Challenge, The Mighty Creatives invite you to apply for a bursary of up to £2500 to fund a teacher within your school to act as a ‘Specialist Arts Lead’ across your network.  This network can take the form of any group of schools including: Teaching Schools, Multi Academy Trusts, schools grouped together through geographical proximity, or with a specialist focus of provision.

The bursary is intended to pay for staff cover costs to enable the Specialist Arts Lead to have devoted time to develop arts provision across the network.  Previous recipients have used this time in the following ways:

  • To explore local arts provision. Devoted time away from the classroom has enabled schools to find out more about arts and cultural opportunities available in their local area, and how they can benefit from them.
  • To co-ordinate meetings across the network. By coming together schools have been better able to pool resources including subject-specific training opportunities, access to visiting artists, sharing expertise, and organising large-scale events such as shared performances or exhibitions.
  • To develop partnerships with local HE providers. This has allowed longer-term, mutually beneficial relationships to be established; HE students have been given the opportunity to run arts-related workshops for pupils in local schools, enabling those children to benefit from a wide range of arts experiences.
  • To identify additional sources of funding. Arts Leads have used the time to access TMC’s fundraising workshops, as well as undertake their own research into potential funding opportunities to further develop arts provision in their schools.

In addition to the bursary, groups of schools involved in the programme will have access to:

  • Free tailored briefings on how Arts Award and Artsmark can benefit your group of schools, delivered to Senior Leadership Teams by The Mighty Creatives
  • Free Arts Policy development workshop to enable your schools to strengthen their arts and cultural offer and evidence a strategic commitment to offering a broad and rich curriculum (in line with changes to Ofsted’s Inspection Framework)?
  • Project management support for the development and evaluation of your programme
  • Free ‘in house’ Arts Award training in your setting for a minimum of 6 school representatives
  • Artsmark Development Day for a minimum of 5 schools
  • Promotion of your school group’s success through the development of case studies to be promoted throughout the East Midlands by The Mighty Creatives

This programme is an opportunity to develop strong strategic connections within a network of schools, encouraging greater collaboration and building connectivity for future partnership working.  Artsmark, Arts Award and the development of school Art Policies are the main tools used to achieve this, and in turn can support schools taking part to improve their arts and cultural provision, strengthen leadership, and encourage greater peer support across their network.

Find out all the details on the application form below.

Deadline for applications is 5pm, Monday 28th September 2020

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