Discover and Explore Arts Award Adviser Training

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Discover and Explore Arts Award Adviser Training

Wednesday 26 September 2018 - 1.00pm - 4.30pm
Venue: Gloucester – tbc

For Members of the Create Gloucestershire Network

Do you work with young people in Gloucestershire? Want to support their creative development with Arts Award? Training as an Arts Award adviser will enable you to support children and young people aged 5 to 25 to discover and explore the arts through the five different levels: Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Create Gloucestershire is working in partnership with Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) to deliver a highly subsidised in-house training session for schools, independent artists, makers, employees of arts organisations, museums, libraries and music education hubs who want to become Discover and Explore Arts Award Advisers in Gloucestershire. 

Arts Award is open to young people of all interests and backgrounds, and can be delivered within a variety of settings and timescales through any arts, cultural or media activity.

This bespoke half-day course is suitable for those who work with young people aged from 5 up to 25 including:

  • teachers and teaching assistants

  • youth workers and arts co-ordinators

  • arts and music professionals 

Discover and Explore are especially effective when working with Key Stage 1 and 2 age children though it can make a real difference to anyone up to the age of 25.

Advisers are crucial to Arts Award. They need to communicate with children and young people successfully and offer them effective support while they are working towards their Award.

What will I learn?

  • meet other professionals who are planning to run Arts Award in a wide variety of settings

  • get your Discover & Explore adviser toolkit, which details what is required at each level

  • become familiar with the assessment criteria and framework for each level

  • learn how to be the primary assessor for young people's work for Arts Award

  • ask questions about how Arts Award may work for you in your particular setting

  • learn what happens next and how to move forward with Arts Award

What is an Arts Awards and how can I use it in my work? 

Arts Award’s flexible framework means it can fit around a wide range of arts, cultural and heritage activities and projects, including creative and technical roles. It can be delivered in many ways and in a wide range of settings. You can map it to your existing activity or use it to kick-start something new. Arts Award delivery happens in curriculum or extra-curricular programmes and enrichment options, museum or heritage projects, weekly clubs or groups, and partnership projects.

What is an Arts Award adviser? 

Young people are supported on their Arts Award journey by an Arts Award adviser, acting as assessor, facilitator and mentor. Anyone working with children and young people in the UK can deliver Arts Award including teachers, teaching assistants, museum learning staff, arts practitioners and youth workers. You don’t need to be an arts specialist. To become an adviser you need to book onto a training course. 

What level is Arts Award Discover and Explore?

Arts Award Discover is an introductory award open to children and young people aged up to 25.  To achieve an Arts Award Discover, children and young people collect evidence in an individual arts log of their experiences of:

  • participating in arts activities
  • researching artists and their work
  • sharing their arts discoveries

Arts Award Explore is an Entry Level (Entry 3) qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and is open to children and young people aged up to 25.  To achieve an Arts Award Explore, children and young people collect evidence in an individual arts log of their experiences of:

  • actively participating in a range of arts activities including a personal response about what has inspired them about taking part
  • a range of arts organisations, artists and their work
  • creativity and arts skills through making art work
  • what they have enjoyed and/or achieved and their presentation of this to others

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Cost: the training will be offered at the reduced rate of £95 (to cover the cost of the Trinity accreditation) by Create Gloucestershire and Real Ideas Organisation and is payable in advance of the training. 

Create Gloucestershire is committed to ensuring everyone has access to the arts and taking the next step in developing their creative career. The CG bursary scheme is designed to support individuals that may not otherwise be able to access professional training opportunities due to financial barriers. If cost is an issue, please contact: to find out about a bursary opportunity. 


Click here to book your place. Please book by Tuesday 11 September so we can order resources for the training.


If you need to cancel your booking, a full refund can be provided up to 2 weeks prior to the training session. We regret that refunds are not possible after this date. 

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