Contacts table

 

Who to contact within a school

There’s no hard-and fast rule for artists about who to contact in a school if you want to explore the potential to work on an arts project although many advise that your first port of call should be the Head Teacher. 

That said, in most schools (but perhaps especially in secondary schools and large primary schools), the Head will be extremely busy and it could prove hard to get through (especially if you are cold calling and don’t have an existing relationship with the school). The Head or School secretary might refer you to another member of staff for further discussion, (such as a subject co-ordinator or head of department). Some artists have found that a direct approach to the relevant subject coordinator of head of faculty/department can be quicker and more effective. 

 

Contact your Regional Arts & Education Network

Rather than cold-calling schools, you may find it more constructive to contact your nearest Regional Arts & Education Network (part of Creative Learning through the Arts). The networks have been established to develop links and act as proactive brokers between the arts and school sectors. They may be able to match you to a school that is likely to be receptive to working with artists or has expressed an interest in your particular art form. They may also let you know about networking events in your area where you can meet with teachers informally to discuss potential projects.

 

 

Build relationships over time

Making arrangements to partner a school or a cluster of schools can take time. Bear in mind that schools plan work well in advance so don’t expect instant results. Take the time to meet with the teachers to introduce your work, build trust and a mutual understanding and find out about the school’s needs in detail beforehand.

The table below identifies the current National Curriculum arrangements in Wales by art form and suggests who you should contact in each instance.

Art form

Foundation Phase

(Age 3-7)

Key Stage 2

(Age 7-11)

Key Stage 3

(Age 11-14)

Dance

Contact:

Head of Foundation Phase/ Foundation Phase Coordinator

Framework links:

Creative movement forms part of Creative Development, a statutory Area of Learning. The focus is on developing learners’ skills through use of the senses, imagination and experience.
Music forms part of Creative Development and integrates with Creative movement.

Personal skills and those of Adventurous play, Health, fitness and safety are part of Physical Development, a statutory Area of Learning. These are all interlinked and underpin the skills involved with developing Dance in the Foundation Phase.

 

Contact:

Physical Education (PE) coordinator

National Curriculum links:

‘Creative activities’ is one of the four areas of experience outlined within the Physical Education part of the statutory National Curriculum. The focus is on developing skills through artistic and aesthetic, choreographed activities.

 

 

 

 

 

Contact:

Head of PE or Head of KS3 PE within the Physical Education (PE) Department

National Curriculum links:

‘Creative activities’ is one of the four areas of experience outlined within the Physical Education part of the statutory National Curriculum. The focus is on developing skills through artistic and aesthetic, choreographed activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drama

Contact:

Head of Foundation Phase or Foundation Phase Coordinator

Framework links:

Drama forms part of Language, Literacy and Communication Skills and Welsh Language Development – statutory Areas of Learning. The focus is on first-hand sensory experiences in speaking, listening and viewing. The skills of Oracy, Reading and Writing all promote the exploration of drama activities.

Personal skills and those of Adventurous play, Health, fitness and safety are part of Physical Development, a statutory Area of Learning. These are all interlinked and underpin the skills involved with developing Drama.

 

 

 

Contact:

English or Welsh Coordinator or in some instances the language coordinator

National Curriculum links:

Drama is statutory as part of the English and Welsh National Curriculum.

Drama activities are explicitly referred to within the Oracy and Reading areas of experience outlined and drama is implicit in the Writing area of experience.

Within Oracy, Drama focuses on developing the skills of presenting, talking and performing in response to a range of stimuli, to different audiences for a range of purposes. Reading, watching and writing for drama are all explored in the Reading and Writing areas of experience.

 

 

Contact:

Some schools will have a Drama department. If not, contact the English or Welsh Coordinator or possibly the language coordinator.

National Curriculum links:

Drama is statutory as part of the English and Welsh National Curriculum.

Drama activities are explicitly referred to within the Oracy and Reading areas of experience outlined and drama is implicit in the Writing area of experience.

Within Oracy, Drama focuses on developing the skills of presenting, talking and performing in response to a range of stimuli, to different audiences for a range of purposes. Reading, watching and writing for drama are all explored in the Reading and Writing areas of experience.

 

 

 

Visual and Applied Arts

Contact:

Head of Foundation Phase or Foundation Phase Coordinator

Framework links:

Art, craft and design forms part of Creative Development, a statutory Area of Learning. The focus is on developing learners’ skills through use of the senses, imagination and creativity when exploring their environment.

 

 

 

 

 

Contact:

Art Coordinator

National Curriculum links:

Art and design is statutory as part of the National Curriculum. It focuses on developing the integrated practical skills of understanding, investigating and making. Learners are encouraged to work individually and in various groups.

‘Designing’ and ‘Making’ are also statutory elements of the Design and Technology curriculum and could feature as part of the visual and applied arts.

 

 

 

Contact:

Head of Art

National Curriculum links:

Art and design is statutory as part of the National Curriculum.

It focuses on developing the integrated practical skills of understanding, investigating and making. Learners are encouraged to work individually and in various groups.

‘Designing’ and ‘Making’ are also statutory elements of the Design and Technology curriculum and could feature as part of the visual and applied arts.

 

Music

Contact:
Head of Foundation Phase or Foundation Phase Coordinator

Framework links:
Music forms part of Creative Development, a statutory Area of Learning. It focuses on developing learners’ imagination and creativity through exploring and engaging with a wide range of stimuli.

 

Contact:
Music Coordinator

National Curriculum links:
Music is statutory as part of the National Curriculum. It focuses on developing practical skills of performing, composing and appraising, through working as a class and in a smaller group.

 

 

Contact:
Head of Music within a music department or larger faculty such as performing, creative or expressive arts.

National Curriculum links:
Music is statutory as part of the National Curriculum. It focuses on developing practical skills of performing, composing and appraising, through working as a class, in a smaller group and as individuals.

 

 

Creative Writing

Contact:

Head of Foundation Phase or Foundation Phase coordinator

Framework links:

Creative writing is statutory as part of the Language, Literacy and Communication Area of Learning. The focus is on experimenting with written communication in different environments, in response to a range of stimuli and working individually and collaboratively. Skills development aims to underpin the requirements of the English and Welsh National Curriculum at Key Stage 2.

 

 

Contact:

English or Welsh Coordinator (or possibly the language coordinator)

National Curriculum links:

Creative writing is statutory as part of the English and Welsh National Curriculum.

It focuses on developing the skills of sentence structure, punctuation, vocabulary, using standard forms, spelling, evaluating and improving work and appropriate presentation. This is promoted through writing for a range of purposes and audiences in response to a range of stimuli.

Contact:

Head of English or Welsh (or alternatively the language coordinator)

National Curriculum links:

Creative writing is statutory as part of the English and Welsh National Curriculum.

It focuses on developing the skills of sentence structure, punctuation, vocabulary, using standard forms, spelling, evaluating and improving work and appropriate presentation. This is promoted through writing for a range of purposes and audiences in response to a range of stimuli.

Film and Media

Contact:

Head of Foundation Phase or Foundation Phase coordinator

Framework links:

The use of video and digital cameras and other equipment is not explicit in the framework.

However, using photographs and video as stimuli and as a means to monitor progress are implicit in the Language, Literacy and Communication Skills, Welsh Language Development, Knowledge and Understanding of the World and Physical Development Areas of Learning.

 

 

 

Contact:

ICT Coordinator / Literacy Coordinator / English or Welsh Coordinator

National Curriculum links:

The use of video and digital cameras and other equipment is a statutory part of the ICT curriculum.

 

 

 

 

 

Contact:

Head of ICT and/or Head of English or Welsh. Depending on the film content, you may also find other subject heads open to working with film. eg PSE Coordinator / Head of History / Geography

National Curriculum links:

The use of video and digital cameras and other equipment is a statutory part of the ICT curriculum.