Creative Writing through the Arts 2023-24

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Drama Inspiration Day April 24

Drama Inspiration Day - 18th April 2024!

One-Day Programme on Thursday 18th April 2024 from 9.30am to 3.30pm

  • Training Day led by specialist Drama Practitioner Ross Bolwell-Williams

Drama activities to encourage:

  • The development of Oracy in your classroom
  • Improved pupil Reading
  • Ideas and inspiration for pupil Writing
  • Mantle of the Expert
  • Planning for in-school implementation

Who this programme is for:

  • Primary & Secondary teachers interested in using Arts based pedagogy to enhance the curriculum
  • Literacy Leads
  • Curriculum Designers
  • Cultural Education Partners

Participant Fee:

  • £75 per participant

Please click the link below to apply:

Drama Inspiration Day Application form


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We are once again proud to be leading the Creative Writing Through the Arts programme to Primary and Secondary schools across the Chafford Hundred Teaching School Hub network from September 2023

This programme is suitable for KS1-2 and KS3 class teachers.  The programme will connect local schools with specialist artist practitioners from Music, Visual Arts and Drama to explore how to improve student writing.  

'The programme has transformed writing in our school’ (Head Teacher)

Applications are now open. Primary and Secondary schools within the local authority areas of Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Maldon, Rochford, Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea are eligible to apply as well as Primaries in CPTSH area and Essex. Schools outside these areas should contact us.

Places are limited. In case of high demand, schools may need to meet eligibility criteria.

Click the link below to apply:

Apply for Creative Writing through the Arts Programme

Programme for each school:

  • £395 per school (subsidised by Royal Opera House Bridge)
  • Programme delivery period: Sep 2023 – July 2024
  • 3 Training Days led by specialist arts Practitioners
  • 6 online, 2.5 hr facilitated peer-learning sessions
  • Sharing Event for teachers, senior leaders and governors
  • 9 CPD sessions per school in total

Key Dates:

Head Teacher Information Event: Thursday 2nd Novembe- 9.30am to 10.30am

Online Teacher On-boarding: Monday 6th November - 16.00 to 17.00

Training Days:
1. Music: Thursday 16th Noevember - 09.30 - 15.30
    Harris Academy Chafford Hundred (Thurrock)
2. Visual Arts: Thurs. 11th January - 09.30 - 15.30
    Chalkwell Hall (Southend)
3. Drama: Thurs. 18th April - 09.30 - 15.30
    Harris Academy Chafford Hundred (Thurrock)

The Creative Writing through the Arts programme has previously delivered to 45 Primaries in South Essex. Research by Anglia Ruskin University demonstrated that the qualities and competence of children’s writing improved in a number of areas. 

The programme first ran between 2016-2019 and was led by five Teaching School Alliances, Royal Opera House Bridge and Anglia Ruskin University, with funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Evidence and findings can be found below:

The Programme will be subsidised by the Royal Opera House Bridge.

For more information please contact Sarah Goldsmith: 

Photos by: Leila Balin

CWTtA Celebration Event

To book a place please click on the link below:

Creative Writing through the Arts - Celebration Event Tickets, Tue 27 Jun 2023 at 16:00 | Eventbrite

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