Swale Creative Schools Network (SCSN)
The Swale Creative Schools Network is a thriving and active network, welcoming like-minded, creative teachers from all education settings across the Swale region. As a major part of the Swale CEP’s programme, termly meet-ups are arranged for teachers, SLT, artist educators and arts organisations from the area to come together to share opportunities, resources, information and important learnings – including free art CPD workshops! The meet-ups alternate between online and in-person sessions, usually held after-school between 4-5.30pm, and often welcoming inspiring guests.
This network is a platform for the CEP to best understand what schools and teachers need from arts providers and foster strong relationships between education and arts professionals. The goal is to improve creative and cultural learning opportunities for children and young people across the whole of Swale.
All Senior Leaders and Arts leads (across visual arts, performing arts, music and DT) are welcome to attend any of the network meetings which take place termly. To sign-up and find out the next forthcoming meet-up, please press the ‘get involved’ button on the right or email the organisers Animate Arts on firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth voice and the Swale CEP
During 2023, Icon Theatre, on behalf of the Swale CEP, undertook a consultancy project to firstly ensure that youth voice is represented as part of the work of the partnership and secondly to invite young people to contribute to the refresh of the KCC Cultural Strategy with their thoughts, views and opinions. The aim was to engage with existing youth organisations, schools and youth settings within the Swale region to consult with young people around their priorities for local arts, culture and creativity. To achieve this, Icon Theatre worked with Youth Centres in Faversham, Sittingbourne and Sheppey, Sheppey FM, Children’s Centres and local primary schools. The consultation included a workshop, youth debate and opportunity for young people to pitch their ideas for the future cultural landscape of their local area. The consultation engaged over 300 young people aged 4 – 23, a collection of the participants came together to write a manifesto, voicing their questions and opinions for the future of Swale.
This project supports the strategic aims of the Swale CEP, ensuring that the ideas and opinions of young people living in Swale are embedded in its decision making processes and actively influence our long-term planning.
To read the final report from this consultation, please click HERE
This strand of work is funded by the Kent County Council Arts Investment Fund.
Theatre31 Young Artist Collective
Our groups run for ages 11-14 and 14-18.
Thursdays: 6:30pm -8:00pm (Please be aware times may vary when Masterclasses are running)
This is a brand new and exciting initiative at Theatre31, bringing young theatrical creatives together to create work.
- Looking to enhance your creative and practical understanding of the Theatre industry?
- Want the opportunity to bring your artistic visions to life?
- Have a particular Theatre-based skill that you want to explore?
- Want to gain new skills, make friends and have fun – whilst shaping your future?
As a youth led group, Young Artist Collective strengthens the voices and practices of young people by handing the decision making over to them.
This completely free programme creates opportunities for its members to work alongside and co-create with a range of industry professional throughout the year by accessing masterclasses and specialist projects. The platform also offers specialist theatre-based careers advice and project management experience.
Maybe you want to be a director? Maybe you like acting? Or maybe you want to harness your skills in theatre producing or arts marketing? The collective shines a light on all areas of the theatrical industry so a 360-degree view of making theatre is experienced.
In addition, as part of forming this important collective, you will have the opportunity to take part in programming decisions for the overall Theatre31 programme and the current Medway City of Culture festival – informing us what we do and assisting us shape how we serve other young people in our local community.
The team at Theatre31 supports and encourages you to collaborate with your peers. We make space for you to collectively explore and play, creating theatrical masterpieces; digital experiments; and new writing, which shape the future of theatre in Medway and Swale.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION – We have 15 spaces in each group. There are a small amount of places left in the older group so don’t miss out and the younger group is currently full but please apply to be added to the waiting list. Any young person who is accepted onto the programme will receive a Young Artist Collective members welcome pack to get you started.
Find out how to sign up here: https://www.theatre31.co.uk/take-part/young-artist-collective/
Arts Award recognises and accredits the creative development of individual young people. The range of unique qualifications supports all children and young people aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders. The Award inspires them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through completing activities in an art form or art forms
Arts Award is offered at five different levels, one introductory award and four regulated qualifications. Two levels (Discover and Explore) have been developed with primary school aged children in mind. At Gold level, students can achieve 16 UCAS points with Arts Award.
Arts Award also builds transferrable 21st century skills such as teamwork, resilience and leadership. It is suitable for all learners and can be delivered as a universal offer, a targeted intervention or extra-curricular activity. At all levels young people get to:
- Discover the enjoyment of creating and participating in any art form
- Develop their creativity and leadership skills
- Learn new skills and share them with others
- Work with or experience working with creative arts professionals
- Gain experience and knowledge to progress into further education and employment
The Swale CEP actively advocates for and supports the delivery of Arts Award. We endeavour to embed the qualifications into all funded activity, and we offer guidance to settings wanting to get started with delivery.
For further information and support contact us
Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools and education settings, awarded by Arts Council England. The Artsmark award provides a clear framework for teachers and education professionals to plan, develop and evaluate their arts and cultural provision. It supports settings to commit to and celebrate embedding arts, culture and creativity across the curriculum and the school community.
Artsmark is open to primary, secondary and special schools, pupil referral units, youth offending teams and sixth form colleges. It is awarded at three levels, Silver, Gold or Platinum. Most settings take up to two years to complete their Artsmark journey. Their award level then remains in place for two years at which point the setting can-register to repeat the process and be awarded again.
The Artsmark journey is supported by a regional network of Bridge organisations, providing training, advice, practical teaching resources and introductions to other settings and leading cultural organisations in your area. The Arts Council Bridge organisation for North Kent covering Medway is Royal Opera House Bridge.
The Swale CEP encourages all schools and education settings to take part in the Artsmark journey. It works with Royal Opera House Bridge to support training opportunities for staff and connects all those taking part with local support and guidance opportunities.