Training session: Understanding and Working with Schools - context and curriculum

If you already work in schools, or want to find out more about the current situation schools are in and how to tailor your individual offer to meet these needs, then this practical workshop is for you.

Date: Tuesday 27 January 2015
Time: 10am - 3.00pm (with lunch and networking between 12.00 - 1.00)
Venue: Barnwood Trust, Ullenwood Manor Farm, Ullenwood, Cheltenham, GL53 9QT
Cost: £15 (covers admin/lunch* - training is subsidised)
Book: Eventbrite booking page 

"a great opportunity to meet practitioners and educationalists with shared values and commitment to creativity in education. I valued the level of questioning and how switched on the group were to what was happening in schools. I felt there was a real generosity to share practice and examine the reality of working in schools today."  participant, previous Schools Sector seminar

The more we can understand schools and the challenges they face, the better placed we are to work with them. This seminar will help you to align your services with their needs and priorities. 

By the end of the training you’ll have:

  • learned about changes to the National Curriculum and challenges faced by schools – and how what you do can help them to address these challenges
  • identified and developed your individual cultural/arts education offer and how to make it relevant to schools and teachers
  • explored local opportunities in Gloucestershire, and how we can work collectively across the sector

Real Ideas Organisation has a wealth of experience and successes in working with schools across the South West and will be sharing them in this seminar – including the very latest knowledge and information about schools. If you have attended a previous 'schools sector' seminar, this workshop will reinforce your learning, bring it up to date, and offer an opportunity to hone your individual offer within the new curriculum framework. If you've not been on a RIO schools seminar before and you work with schools, then you should definitely attend!

Who’s it for?
This event is for arts organisations, venues, music and arts practitioners working with young people in Gloucestershire, and music practitioners working with young people in Swindon. 

Who’s it delivered by?
The training is led by Laura Woodger of Real Ideas Organisation (RIO), the Arts Council’s Bridge organisation for the South West. RIO delivers helpful and effective briefing sessions all around the South West and training to both Arts & Cultural organisations and schools on curriculum changes. Laura has been working in the education sector for almost 12 years,  teaching as well as advising on various government policy. She is responsible for the Arts Council Bridge contract and has practical experience of working directly with schools in their preparation and dealing with current challenges in delivery of the new curriculum.  

There is plenty of free car parking.  Travel information is available here 

Booking information
Places will be allocated on a first-come-first served basis so do book soon!

*In order to book catering, participant numbers need to be confirmed a week in advance, so book by 19 January to guarantee your place.

This is part of a series of training workshops offered jointly by Create GloucestershireReal Ideas Organisation (RiO)Make Music Gloucestershire and Make Music Swindon – the next will be an in house training session on becoming a Discover and Explore Arts Award Adviser, which will take place on 27 February 2015. More details on that and other forthcoming workshops to follow soon!

Create Gloucestershire offers a varied training programme that responds to the needs of its members and associates.  Membership is free, and also connects you to other professionals in the cultural sector, as well as keeping you informed about opportunities. To apply just fill in the online form

Refund policy: if you need to cancel your booking, a full refund can be provided up to one week prior to the training session. We  regret that refunds are not possible within one week of the training session date.