The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is seeking applications for its Teacher Development Fund to support the delivery of effective and sustainable arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in the primary classroom and to embed learning through the arts in the curriculum.
The Teacher Development Fund aims to do this through supporting teachers and school leaders to develop the necessary skills, knowledge, confidence and experience.
TDF principles and priorities are focused on:
- Primary schools
- Teachers’ professional development and learning
- Supporting children and young people experiencing systemic inequity and disadvantage
- Approaches which involve learning in and through the arts
- Projects which take an anti-racist and intersectional approach across all areas of work
- Long-term, inquiry-based projects
- Promoting effective and equitable partnerships between schools and arts/cultural organisations and artist practitioners
- The contributions of school leaders and artist practitioners as both professional learners and as supporters of embedding learning through the arts in the curriculum
- Approaches which involve any of the following art forms: crafts; creative writing, including poetry; dance; design; film; music; opera; photography; digital arts and media; theatre and drama; the visual arts; and cross-arts practices.
- Projects that build on emerging approaches to blended CPDL and include one of more elements of online delivery
Each year they expect to make around six grants of up to £150,000 to partnerships of arts/cultural organisations and five to ten schools, who will work together for two academic years, and participate in a shared Cohort Learning Programme.
- Teacher Development Fund projects promote effective and equitable partnerships between primary schools and arts/cultural organisations and artist practitioners.
- Either a primary school or an arts/cultural organisation may be the lead applicant for this Fund. However, all applications will be required to demonstrate that solid partnerships are in place. Each partnership must include one or more arts/cultural organisations. They expect that a minimum of five and a maximum of ten schools will be involved in each project, regardless of whether the lead applicant is either an arts/cultural organisation or a school. Each participating school should commit at least two teachers and one senior leader to the project, though flexibility can be offered to small, rural schools.
- Some applicants may identify further relevant partners for their project such as a local authority, school improvement service, teaching school alliance, research school or higher education institution. A partner bringing additional expertise in blended learning may also be appropriate.
- Lead applicants may therefore be:
- Charities, community organisations, social enterprises and not-for-profits companies active in the arts
- Primary schools and academies operating in the state sector.
For more information, visit https://www.phf.org.uk/funds/tdf/