CCCU and KSENT awarded Paul Hamlyn grant
Canterbury Christ Church Faculty of Education collaboration with KSENT awarded Paul Hamlyn Foundation grant
The Faculty of Education are pleased to announce that a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with Kent Special Education Needs Trust (KSENT), a co-operative trust of all 24 special schools in the Kent local authority. Canterbury Christ Church University and KSENT have recently been awarded a grant of £149,919 from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for their joint project Arts Leadership to Empower Pupils’ Communication.
The 24 month project with Valuing Voices targets continuing professional development and learning (CPDL) for primary arts teachers and school leaders. CCCU and KSENT will partner with arts practitioners from Confidance, Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company and Turner Contemporary. Through exploring dance, drama and visual arts, teachers and arts practitioners will collaborate, co-learn and co-construct the curriculum, to benefit schools, arts practitioners and pupils with profound and multiple disabilities. Valuing Voices aims to empower primary practitioners as arts leaders in their schools, to be confident, innovative and creative. The initiative seeks to build a sustainable model of CPDL and to impact the wider network of schools within the Trust.
The Memorandum of Understanding with KSENT provides the opportunity to create specialised undergraduate and postgraduate courses, forming a shared commitment to providing exceptional opportunities for children with SEN and the professionals involved in their education and well-being.