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Artsmark Wider Reach in West Sussex

Artsmark-trinity-artswork-bArtsmark Wider Reach, supported by Artswork the SE Bridge, supported educational settings across West Sussex to achieve Artsmark, through building partnerships between education settings and cultural organisations and their associate artists.

Students worked with professional artists and teachers took part in related CPD. Settings also received assistance from an Artsmark specialist in developing their Artsmark application, and benefited from networking and peer mentoring.

Who was involved

  • Teachers and students from lead school Bishop Luffa School, Chichester, working with local feeder primaries, March, East Wittering, Central, Compton and Upmarden
  • Teachers and students from lead setting West Sussex Alternative Provision College (Chalk Hill, Haywards Heath), working with Units in Freshbrook Lancing, Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath and Crawley, and Sir Robert Woodard Academy (Lancing), Oathall Community College (Haywards Heath) and Blackthorns Primary School (Lindfield, Haywards Heath)
  • Teachers and students from lead school Queen Elizabeth 2 Silver Jubilee Sch, Horsham, working with partner settings Littlegreen (EBD Sch, Chichester), Manor Green College (SEN, Crawley), Woodlands Meed (SEN School and College, Burgess Hill) and Forest Boys (Mainstream, Horsham)
  • Arts organisations South East Dance, Chichester Festival Theatre and Audio Active, Brighton
  • Arts practitioners Helen Parlor (and Parlor Dance)
  • Sarah Gee, drama practitioner
  • Jack Kingslake, music practitioner
  • Anne Power (Fenton), Artsmark Consultant

Objectives

  • To build partnerships between education settings, high profile local arts and cultural organisations, and their associate artists
  • To enable young people and staff to work with a professional arts practitioner through targeted in-school activity and professional development, in order to increase arts knowledge, skills and understanding
  • To positively influence the practice of teachers, and learning of pupils in each cluster, through face-to-face delivery with young people and the provision of CPD to provide a cascade model of professional development across staff
  • To provide specialist support in pursuing an Artsmark for schools and settings through the involvement of an Artsmark Consultant
  • To provide schools and settings with opportunities to network with other West Sussex Schools including an established Artsmark Gold setting
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Outcomes

The programme was well received by schools and settings, providing quality arts provision delivered by highly experienced artists, on behalf of regional arts organisations. Settings benefited from increased knowledge of Artsmark, and from exposure to new arts approaches, resulting in lasting changes in practice and provision, an increase in Artsmark network membership and the promise of Artsmark applications.

Practitioners and arts and cultural organisations developed detailed Artsmark knowledge and benefited from deeper understanding of educational settings’ priorities, positively informing their future offers to schools, and in some cases resulting in continued relationships.

Lead educational settings were instrumental in shaping the programme, and a wide diversity of settings was recruited across the county, including very small rural primary schools, secure units, alternative learning provision and SEN settings, alongside mainstream schools.

The programme was flexible, tailoring the offer to individual settings’ needs and circumstances, complementing existing cultural provision whilst mapping onto Artsmark criteria.

The programme was managed by Culture Shift on behalf of Artswork, the South East Bridge. Culture Shift is an Artsmark Training Agency, licensed by Trinity College London to support settings in achieving an Artsmark.

Find out more about Artsmark.