Young Arts Advocates

Young Arts Advocates is a cross-arts project which aims to raise the aspiration and attainment of children and young people on the Isle of Sheppey.

The project is a partnership between the schools on the Isle of Sheppey, the Faculty of Education at the Canterbury Christ Church University, Arts Council England, Royal Opera House Bridge, Ideas Test and Kent Music. The aim of this innovative arts programme is to:

  • Help children and young people, together with their teachers, parents and carers, to engage in creative arts activities, supported by professional practitioners and university tutors.
  • Enable everyone involved to cross the threshold of a variety of arts venues and to develop their love of the arts.
  • Accredit the work of the children and young people as young arts advocates through Arts Awards and their schools through Artsmark.
  • Provide high quality CPD for teachers, parents and carers in order to develop a motivated workforce which values the arts within schools and in the wider community
  • Develop an arts education network for the Isle of Sheppey.

Below is a broad timeline for the Young Arts Advocates programme.

January 2016
Initial scoping discussions with representatives from Isle of  Sheppey schools, Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), Kent Music and Royal Opera House Bridge.

February 2016
CCCU submits successful bid to Arts Council England for Young Arts Advocates (YAA) programme.

1 March 2016
Initial meeting with Isle of Sheppey head teachers (Oasis Academy).

23 March 2016
Royal Opera House ‘The Nutcracker’ briefing (Ideas Test).

April/May 2016
Visit to each Isle of Sheppey school by CCCU tutors to answer initial queries.

By 30 April 2016
Isle of Sheppey schools register for Artsmark

24 May 2016
YAA Introductory session (Thistle Hill Academy). 

1 July 2016
Artsmark training day for a senior leader plus an arts champion from each Isle of Sheppey school (Criterion Blue Town Heritage Centre).

12 July 2016
‘National Nutcracker’ INSET Day for a dance practitioner from each Isle of Sheppey primary school (Oasis Academy).

July 2016
Visit to each Isle of Sheppey school by CCCU tutors to support the writing of the Artsmark Statement of Commitment

Autumn Term 2016
Decisions made by each school about which art discipline/which students will engage with the programme, supported by meetings with CCCU tutors; ‘National Nutcracker’ dance project.

Spring Term 2017
1 x 0.5 day CPD session for teachers, parents and carers.4 x 0.5 days of workshops (or equivalent) in each school for a designated group of students, their teachers, parents and carers, run by professional arts practitioners and supported by CCCU tutors.

Summer Term/Autumn Term 2017
Public performances, displays and installations in a range of arts disciplines.

Spring Term 2018
Consolidation of research from the programme (e.g. write-up of impact evaluations, interviews, reflective logs, case studies etc.).

Summer Term 2018 onwards
Legacy of programme established e.g. new arts education network established, future arts events programme, continuation of development of Artsmark in all schools, continuation of students achieving Arts Awards etc.

Every school on the Isle of Sheppey School has joined in partnership to make this project a reality.

These schools are listed below:

  • Eastchurch C of E Primary School
  • Halfway Houses Primary School
  • Minster-in-Sheppey Primary School
  • Oasis Isle of Sheppey Academy
  • Queenborough School
  • Richmond Academy
  • Rose Street Primary School
  • St. Edward’s RC Primary
  • St. George’s C of E Primary School
  • St. Peter’s RC Primary
  • Thistle Hill Academy
  • West Minster Primary School

The project is working in partnership with national and regional arts and cultural organisations.

Our lead art partners are listed below:

  • Arts Council England
  • Royal Opera House Bridge
  • Ideas Test
  • Kent Music

For more details, please email our Young Arts Advocates team.

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