Artswork Audio series 1: Arts in Schools – episode 2 – Teaching for Creativity

Date Created: 19th Oct 2021

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Jane Dickson, Artswork’s Education Development Manager for Surrey, East and West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, is joined by Sarah Lewis, Headteacher at St Mary’s Primary School, Oxted, Surrey. The school leads the Tandridge Teaching Alliance, and is an Artsmark and Arts Award school.

Sarah is a champion and advocate for arts and creativity in education and has worked closely with Artswork for a number of years, as well as being on the Steering Group of Culture Box Surrey, the Surrey Cultural Education Partnership.

Jane and Sarah talk about enriching the school learning environment with creativity, engaging in projects that see staff and teachers learn and develop alongside the students, staying together during the pandemic, working to make schools ‘disadvantage-friendly’, and Sarah details case studies of creative projects that St Mary’s have undertaken to evolve and enhance learning for all.

Useful links:

Dance Detectives – Dance and Literacy/Wellbeing project that ran pre, during and post-lockdown at St. Mary’s with accompanying resources and CPDL.

Maths, Movement and Mastery – Experimental Dance/Movement and Maths project that ran across a number of schools in Surrey.

ChitChat – Pupil-led newsletters that ran during lockdown and were distributed to the school community.  Find in the ‘newsletter’ section

Express Yourself Arts Club – After school art club

Mrs L’s YouTube Channel – Sarah’s YouTube channel that St Mary’s used during lockdown

Listen to the podcast below, or listen on AnchorFM, Castbox, or Spotify.

Run time: 39 minutes

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