Introduction

The TIME Project

TIME Extended aims to explore ways of empowering schools to develop and support their arts provision and ways of embedding the arts across the curriculum, to help inspire learning and attain higher levels of academic achievement.

 

What?

Following a pilot with Queen Eleanor Primary Academy in Northampton, HMDT Music is working with 6 schools across Lancashire for three years to:

  • Empower teachers to embrace HMDT Music’s methodology of embedding activities across the curriculum using a combination of CPD training through artists’ workshops and delivery, leading to them being able to plan, develop and implement arts-based cross-curricular learning;
  • Build a coherent skills resource bank which can be shared amongst schools and leave a legacy beyond the duration of the project;
  • Further explore and validate the perceived link between such projects and ways of working and a rise in academic achievement as identified in the pilot model above;
  • Expand the role of teachers as owners of the creative and delivery process as well as that of the students and us (and other arts organisations), without increasing pressure in the current education environment;
  • Establish successful working partnerships with local educational organisations to develop a replicable model for regional roll-out and determine that the same methods are transferable in a variety of schools, localities and settings.

 

How?

Each school will receive a combination of training and delivery sessions working with artists in a range of genres including music, art (including film, photography, design) and drama. The aim is to build up skills of the staff across three years by training two teachers each year.

  • In term 1, those teachers will receive a combination of whole class delivery sessions by artist specialists in each of art, music, and drama, building skills to embed activities across the curriculum which will be followed up by CPD training to reflect and consolidate skills learnt.
  • In term 2, they will be encouraged to use the skills learnt, by leading their own arts based cross-curricular sessions in each of art, music and drama, for which they will receive specialist artist support. Again this work will be consolidated in CPD sessions.
  • In term 3, the 2 teachers will develop their own mini projects in which they can access artist support to deliver sessions and explore new arts forms and ways of working.

 

Who?

The six participating schools are:

  • Grange Primary, Preston
  • Lytham Hall Park Primary School, Lytham St Anne’s
  • St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School, Preston
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Anderton
  • St Wilfrid’s RC Primary School, Longridge
  • Willow Lane Primary School, Lancaster

 

Partnerships

HMDT Music is working with:

  • Heritage Learning Team of Lancashire County Council – project management:
  • Lancashire Music Hub – delivery partner;
  • Burnley Youth Theatre;
  • Atelier Arts

We also aim to work with local and regional arts organisations and networks to assist with provision, build relationships (for the schools and us), develop a legacy and forums for sharing findings and dissemination of resources and learning.

 

Evaluation

Evaluation is at the core of TIME Extended and we are delighted to be working with external evaluator Colin Morley and the Centre for Research in Arts, Creativity and Literacy from the School of Education at Nottingham University, to set up, oversee and interpret a coherent framework for collecting evidence.