The Arts Council has announced the formation of the Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools team. Two teachers have been seconded full-time to the initiative; Laura Keogh (Post-Primary) and Ross Curran (Primary and Early Childhood). In addition to their experience as teachers, both bring a personal creative practice to the work of the team. The Arts Council has also appointed the international foundation, Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE) as project lead. CCE brings its experience of delivering arts and creativity programmes across the world to this initiative.
The Creative Schools initiative is a partnership between the Arts Council, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Education and Skills.
Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools aims to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives. Participating schools will understand, develop and celebrate their engagement with the arts, empowering them to bring about real change in the way they work. They will draw on the range of resources within their school and wider community developing new ways of working that reinforce the impact of creativity on student learning, development, and wellbeing.
Central to the initiative is the role of the Creative Associate. The Creative Associate is essential in embedding inspirational creative practices in teaching and learning. Creative Associates work in partnership with a number of schools, clustered by region, to develop the knowledge, expertise and approaches that will sustain each school’s creative practice. They provide a mechanism for these schools to begin to share their learning and good practice together.
A call will open for the role of Creative Associate in November 2017. Further details will be available here: artscouncil.ie/Creative-Schools/