Brunel Field Primary joins theatre project
Barton Hill based theatre company and children’s charity, Travelling Light, has been awarded more than £100,000 to work with five Bristol schools, including Brunel Field Primary.
The funding comes from the latest round of Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Teacher Development Fund.
Travelling Light is is one of ten organisations nationally to win funds. It will receive £108,500 to work with the schools over 24 months, supporting teachers to explore how drama-based learning can develop language, speech and emotional literacy, support wellbeing and address inequality of opportunity which affects educational outcomes.
The project, Light Up School Learning: An Arts-based inquiry, runs from September 2021 – July 2023. Travelling Light will work with teachers and artists to expand teachers practice and to embed drama into the wider curriculum. The approaches developed will support pupil’s confidence, learning and their ability to express feelings and aspirations.
The project will develop teachers’ confidence in using arts-based practice in their everyday approach. Insights and learning gained will also be shared with other schools.
Travelling Light will work with Brunel Field Primary, Victoria Park Primary, Redfield Educate Together, Merchants Academy and Hannah More Primary.
Lizzy Stephens, creative learning officer and project lead at Travelling Light, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this funding to work more deeply with our partner schools in Bristol. We are looking forward to being able to explore and measure the impact of drama-based activity, experiment with new blended approaches and broaden the opportunity for knowledge exchange and learning amongst teachers and artists. It is an exciting opportunity to really embed drama into teaching practice and build a strong school culture for the arts.”
Richard Croughan, music and drama lead at Brunel Field Primary School, said: “Travelling Light has been instrumental in embedding a whole-school culture of arts teaching at Brunel Field. We have worked with them for the last five years and have together designed and developed an Arts Days package which, at its very heart, is intended to grow and sustain children's interest in and love of the arts as well as nurture teachers' understanding and trust in the power and efficacy of using theatre and the arts throughout the curriculum.
“We continue to see how music, art, dance and drama help unlock the curriculum for more of our children - it is a language, a communication tool, a safe and nurturing way to access subjects from English and history to maths and French; it offers children so many more tools in a time where 'pupil voice' has never been more important. It feels very exciting to work with Travelling Light on a project that aims to foster these ideas across more Bristol schools."
Find out more about this project and Travelling Light’s work at www.travellinglighttheatre.org.uk