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The latest news, views and blogs from Real Ideas

26th July, 2022
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Youth Music: Seeking a Learning Partner for a new Inclusion, Diversity, Equality and Access (IDEA) Project

Youth Music are seeking a learning partner for a new Inclusion, Diversity, Equality and Access (IDEA) Project.

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26th July, 2022
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Somerset Art Weeks Festival returns for 2022

Somerset Art Weeks Festival returns for 2022 with the theme ‘Sanctuary’ - 24 September to 09 October.

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26th July, 2022
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Announcing 15 Schools and Music Education Hub Lead Organisations Piloting Trauma-Informed Music Nurture Groups this Autumn

Fifteen primary schools across England will be piloting the second rollout of an innovative programme of inclusive music work with vulnerable young people this Autumn

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22nd July, 2022
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Applications are open for Pathways Into Children's Publishing programme!

Pathways Into Children's Publishing is a unique, creative and professional development course for talented, aspiring illustrators from backgrounds that are under-represented in children’s publishing.

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13th July, 2022
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Looking to the Future

Matt Little, Head of Research and Impact at Real Ideas, is here to talk about Youth Voice and the final episode of Amplify. Amplify is a series of short films profiling children & young people's voice in creative & cultural learning.

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13th July, 2022
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Leach Pottery and How To Make Clothes join the Artsmark Partner Programme!

Having completed the Artsmark Partner Programme training, Ellen Love from Leach Pottery and Jane Norris from How To Make Clothes are now officially Artsmark Partners!

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11th July, 2022
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Creative and Cultural Opportunities for Early Years in Plymouth

Plymouth Cultural Education Partnership (PCEP) recently hosted the third in a series of quarterly forum events, this time exploring the provision of Creative and Cultural opportunities for early years in Plymouth.

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27th June, 2022
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Arts Award at Real Ideas

Real Ideas has been a deliverer and advocate for Arts Award since its launch in 2005. We are proud to be an Arts Award Supporter, offering opportunities for young people to access high quality arts and cultural experiences that can help them to work towards their Arts Award journey

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27th June, 2022
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Call for Schools! Could you be a Print in Action Hub?

Real Ideas are seeking expressions of interest from local schools to engage with its latest Print in Action campaign at Ocean Studios, from September – December 2022.

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27th May, 2022
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Digital Magazine Series Profiling Youth Voice in Creative and Cultural Learning Returns

The second series of Amplify, a digital magazine series profiling children and young people’s voice in creative and cultural learning, launches on Tuesday 7th June!

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26th May, 2022
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Arts Award- "I'd recommend it to everyone!"

Prime Theatre are a youth theatre organisation based in Swindon, who deliver professional theatre shows to children and young people and run physical workshops and performance projects.

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19th May, 2022
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Arts Award- Adding Value to Our Workshops

From Junior Print Club to Lego Robotics Club, Real Ideas has a variety of creative workshops to offer children across Ocean Studios and Market Hall.

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19th May, 2022
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Intertwining Art and Nature- How Schools for All Seasons is Helping Children Achieve

mber of primary and SEN schools across Cornwall, that nourishes children with well-being activity and creativity rooted in our connections to the outdoors and our seasonal heritage.

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19th May, 2022
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"I've seen first hand how it motivates the children"- Real Ideas member Jane Norris talks Arts Award and Sewing!

Real Ideas member Jane Norris runs sewing courses for home educated children at Ocean Studios in Royal William Yard. She has just begun offering Arts Award as part of her courses and she's here to tell us all about the impact it is having.

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19th May, 2022
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It's Love Arts Award Week! So, what is Arts Award?

Since 2005, Arts Award has been flourishing across educational and cultural settings, so what is it, and how can you get involved?

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12th May, 2022
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Do You Work In Early Years?

This event is ideal for anyone who works in, or is interested in working in, an early years context, or who wants to learn more about early years in Plymouth, network, share ideas and look at ways to collaborate together to develop some creative approaches, projects and ideas.

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6th May, 2022
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Assistant Producer Opportunity at Take A Part

Take A Part are looking for an Assistant Producer for children, families and young people.

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6th May, 2022
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Dreamachine- an Exciting Free Education Programme!

Fusing science with arts, the themes of Dreamachine offer compelling classroom investigation: the power of the human mind, our amazing brains and the big questions of perception and consciousness - our sense of self, how we see the world and how we connect with others.      

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6th May, 2022
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Random Acts of Wildness! What could you do?

Devon Wildlife Trust have a 30 day challenge, which you can get involved in!

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22nd April, 2022
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How Can The Changing Seasons Help us to Navigate The Way we Feel?

Real Ideas are delighted to be delivering a new schools pilot; Schools for All Seasons is a short- term residency in 12 schools that nourishes children with well-being activity and creativity rooted in our connections to the outdoors and our seasonal heritage.

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1st April, 2022
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"Stop Polluting!"- How a New Generation of Eco Enthusiasts Are Sticking Up For Our Planet

When primary school children from Plymouth and Cornwall attended a workshop at the Market Hall during Illuminate festival, their messaging was clear- stop polluting our planet!

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18th March, 2022
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Outside The Box Hosts Saturday Art School

Outside The Box is offering a monthly Saturday School Studio Day.

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18th March, 2022
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Opportunities for Young Writers in the South West

Plymouth's Young City Laureate and Literature Works have a number of exciting of opportunities for young writers soon!

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16th March, 2022
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Awards for Young Musicians Free Training Opportunities

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16th March, 2022
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Get Back to Culture Grant for Cornish Secondary Schools!

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11th March, 2022
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Summerhouse Services- Supporting Children's Mental Health

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11th March, 2022
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Exeter Phoenix Commissions Available for Film Makers

Are you a film maker based in the South West? Exeter Phoenix has a number of opportunities available for film commissions.

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11th March, 2022
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Calling all Educators! The World Reimagined Upcoming Events are Live

learning to consider our shared history so we can make racial justice a reality, together.

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9th March, 2022
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Making Music Matters! But Why?

Music really does matter in schools but often requires creative and collaborative approaches to secure its vital and life-affirming place as part of a rich and balanced curriculum.

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23rd February, 2022
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Booking Now Open for Native Creatives Spring Programme!

Native Creatives CPD Spring Programme is open for booking!

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23rd February, 2022
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The Into Games Career Festival is Nearly Here!

Join the Into Games Career Festival- a totally free 4-day online careers festival to help you get hired in video games.

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22nd February, 2022
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Are you 18+ and Interested in Working in TV?

The National Film & Television School along with Channel 4’s 4Skills have devised a series of free taster days aimed at those under-represented in the film and television industry to give an overview and suggested pathway to a broad range of careers.

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21st February, 2022
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Could you be the next Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Young Associate?

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is looking for people with the potential to be a great communicator, connect with people from all walks of life, and take their musical and creative skills to the next level.

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11th February, 2022
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Do You Work With Young People Aged 10-16?

Headstart Kernow, FEAST and Arts Well are pleased to be offering schools and young people’s groups around Cornwall the opportunity to have free creative sessions with local artists.

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7th February, 2022
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Supporting Children's Mental Health with Stormbreak

Artsmark partners, Stormbreak, have created free resources to support children's mental health and wellbeing.

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3rd February, 2022
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Artsmark and CILIP Launch The Greenaway Greats!

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2nd February, 2022
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Travelling Light Theatre are Touring Venues and Schools

Are you looking for a creative opportunity for pupils in Spring/Summer 2022? Travelling Light Theatre are now booking our touring production Vixen for Key Stage 2 and Year 7 pupils.

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27th January, 2022
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Are you looking for ways to bring creativity and wellbeing together?

Schools for All Seasons is a very special short term residency that nourishes children with well-being activity and creativity rooted in our connections to the outdoors and our seasonal heritage.

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26th January, 2022
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Young Arts Fundraisers' Free Annual Mentoring Scheme

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21st January, 2022
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“Everyone here is an artist!” Raising Cultural Aspirations in Primary Children Through Real Projects

just their art work they were talking about, it was their career aspirations too!

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21st January, 2022
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"I was amazed at the obvious improvement..."

After becoming one of only seven Primary Schools in the South West to achieve Artsmark Platinum, teacher at Malmesbury Park, Roxanne, shares her thoughts on their two year Artsmark journey.

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8th December, 2021
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Calling All Young Writers!

What if you spoke? Libraries Unlimited have released a series of ten masterclasses aimed at 15-25 year olds.

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1st December, 2021
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Youth Music Recharge Fund Applications Are Now Open!

The Youth Music Recharge Fund offers grants of up to £90,000 (max £30,000/year) for up to 3 years. It’s open to established not-for-profits who support children and young people facing barriers to make, learn or earn in music.

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1st December, 2021
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Music Masters Needs You!

Do you work in a Primary School? Complete this quick Music Masters survey to help them understand the national music landscape.

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1st December, 2021
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Have You Tried the Go Cornish for Primary Schools Programme?

Go Cornish for Primary Schools is a bank of free, easy to follow resources for teachers to deliver Cornish language sessions.

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8th November, 2021
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"Artsmark... It's Not Something You'll Ever Regret."

Teachers Claire and Carrie have been on an epic journey to inspire an arts revolution in their schools - they spoke with Real Ideas Organisation Programme Coordinator Holly Power-Brown to explain how they did it during COVID and what it’s meant for pupils and staff as they build back after three lockdowns.

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5th November, 2021
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The Culture Cares Conference 2021 is Nearly Here!

Following the successful launch of Culture Cares in 2018, the conference returns for 2021 both in-person at Derby Theatre and livestreamed online.

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5th November, 2021
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17 Music Services and Schools Piloting Inclusive Music Nurture Groups this Autumn

Find out how music services and schools are working together to make music more inclusive for all.

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5th November, 2021
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Find Out More About The World Reimagined

The World Reimagined is a national art education project featuring globally-recognised artists to transform how we understand the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its impact on us all.

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5th November, 2021
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Royal Opera House Launch Virtual Create and Learn Series

The Royal Opera House’s Learning and Participation programmes place creative learning at the centre of every child’s education, attainment and experience.

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5th November, 2021
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Introducing The Digital Culture Awards!

Arts Council England and the Digital Culture Network are excited to announce the first Digital Culture Awards – celebrating digital and tech innovation in arts and culture.

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10th October, 2021
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How to fund your Arts Award Project

This online session is aimed at those wanting to offer Arts Award and wondering how to go about funding its delivery.

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6th October, 2021
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Say Hello to our Latest Artsmark Partners- Brick Project!

Brick Project is a community interest company who allow people to take collective ownership of an area by collaboratively creating a permanent public art piece.

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6th October, 2021
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Find Out How Art Bytes Can Support Your Artsmark Journey This Autumn

rt Bytes offer an innovative and exciting way to showcase your classes' artwork, through a competition and virtual gallery.

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29th September, 2021
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Delivering Arts Award Digitally

This interactive session is aimed at advisers who want to use online tools and resources for the first time to deliver Arts Award, including practical tips.

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29th September, 2021
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Successful Digital Marketing for Engaging Schools

Ideas for a one-hour panel conversation, presented in collaboration with Arts Council England Bridge Organisations.

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29th September, 2021
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Calling Young Artists! Porthmeor Art Collective is open for booking

The Porthmeor Art Collective are back online for five FREE sessions of creative fun! They're introducing their Autumn programme with an exciting project you cannot miss.

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29th September, 2021
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Stormbreak- Supporting Children's Mental Health Through Movement

and Wales that provides training programmes for trusted adults in schools and other settings to help support children’s mental health and wellbeing through movement.

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29th September, 2021
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Delivering Artsmark through Craft- online workshop with the Crafts Council

Join Rebecca Goozee from the Crafts Council to discuss delivering Artsmark through craft and a practical exploration of how to deliver craft based 'make first' activities in your classroom.

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24th September, 2021
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Teaching Black British History: A Teacher Training Guide

This informative, free CPD course by The Black Curriculum will help you discover how to best teach and embed Black British history into the national school curriculum.

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21st September, 2021
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ARTiculation Discovery Day in Plymouth

Do you work in Further Education? Would you like to develop your students confidence in speaking? Join an ARTiculation Discovery Day (fully funded for state schools)!

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6th September, 2021
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Welcome to The New School Year…hopefully.

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6th July, 2021
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The World Reimagined Learning Programme

National art education project featuring globally-recognised artists launches its free Learning Programme to transform how we understand the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its impact on us all.

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29th June, 2021
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Moths to a Flame Project

The Art and Energy Collective invite you to join their nationwide creative response to the Climate Emergency. They have teamed up with Plymouth Energy Community to create a mass participation art instillation!

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22nd June, 2021
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ARTiculation Discovery Days

ARTiculation Discovery Days have been designed to develop and support students’ research and communication skills, and their understanding and engagement with art.

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14th June, 2021
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The Big Education Conversation is Live!

The Big Education Conversation is a national campaign to get people talking about what education should really be for and how it could change for the future.

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10th June, 2021
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The Crafts Council Launches Craft School- Yinka's Challenge!

The Crafts Council is delighted to announce the launch of its new educational programme Craft School: Yinka's Challenge!

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25th May, 2021
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Trinity Laban’s Learning and Participation Opportunities

Trinity Laban’s Learning & Participation department are currently offering several unique professional development opportunities for musicians of any genre or ability. 

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14th May, 2021
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Calling All Teachers- Creativity Collaboratives is Live!

Are you looking to build networks with other schools? If so, then Arts Council England's new funding programme, Creativity Collaboratives, could be for you.

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12th May, 2021
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PONY Announced as Latest Artsmark Partner!

ONY, based in Bath, are the latest organisation to be announced as an Artsmark Partner!

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22nd March, 2021
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Cranborne Middle School Achieve Artsmark Gold!

Cranborne Middle School in Dorset are one of the latest schools to achieve their Artsmark Award. Here is what their Art subject lead, Claire Everett had to say about their journey.

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2nd March, 2021
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Le Navet Bete Announced as Latest Artsmark Partner

As of 2021 Le Navet Bete are proud to be an official Artsmark partner!

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12th February, 2021
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Doorstep offer the best bits of their Bronze Arts Award as part of Arts Award Week

See how Doorstep’s Arts Award went as they completed their bronze Arts Award!

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10th February, 2021
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Find out how Lighthouse in Poole are finding their Arts Award journey

Read all about how Lighthouse in Poole have found their Arts Award delivery journey #LoveArtsAward

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8th February, 2021
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Taking Arts Award online in Gloucestershire #LoveArtsAward

How a creative network came together to make it happen.

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4th February, 2021
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What is the Creativity Exchange?

Creativity Exchange: A New Online Community to Encourage Teaching for Creativity

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18th January, 2021
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Software Cornwall's Favourite Digital Things

Software Cornwall have compiled a list of some of their favourite computer science and online learning resources.

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17th December, 2020
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Q & A with South West Museum Development

Eleanor Moore Sustainable Volunteering Officer for South West Museum Development.  Here she talks to us about her role in the organisation and how they support Museums in the South West.

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13th November, 2020
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The Thriving Communities Fund

Find out more about the Thriving Communities Fund...

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29th September, 2020
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Celebrating 15 Years of Arts Award

At Real Ideas Organsiation, we’re thrilled to be a part of Arts Award. We love nothing more than hearing all about young people discovering their 21st century skills. To celebrate 15 years’ of Art Award is a huge success.

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17th August, 2020
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National School Survey Results

Read all about the findings in the National Schools Survey report.

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6th March, 2020
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Bristol Old Vic RE:SOURCES

Bristol Old Vic have now launched four online resource packs for KS2 teachers.

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27th February, 2020
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Nesta: Classroom Changemakers

Classroom Changemakers is a Nesta award programme for teachers and teaching assistants with great ideas to encourage creativity and problem-solving in maths and computer science. 

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24th December, 2019
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Illuminating Plymouth for Mayflower 400

For four cold evenings at the end of November each year, the Illuminate light festival transforms locations across Plymouth with beautiful projection mapping, light art installations and playful interactive content, created by local, national and international artists.

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18th December, 2019
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Commissioning Creativity – Real Ideas on the Durham Commission

Teaching for creativity in schools must be prioritised to equip young people with the skills they need in later life, according to the recently published report from the Durham Commission on Creativity and Education report.

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18th December, 2019
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The Opportunities of Ofsted

n September, schools across England woke to life under a new Ofsted Inspection Framework which features a shift away from data-driven outcomes and towards a broader ‘quality of education’.

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17th September, 2019
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Arts in Education: A New Hope

Well, here we are again. Another summer done and another set of exam results underlining the parlous state of arts and creativity in schools.

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19th August, 2019
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Lord Kenneth Baker: GCSE reforms have ‘done a lot of damage’ to arts and technical subjects

The creator of the GCSE has condemned the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) in a letter to the new education secretary Gavin Williamson, the Telegraph reports.

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