Posts Tagged ‘school’

Get On The Radio

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

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I’ve started doing some work with Get On The Radio. They are a team of experienced and enthusiastic creatives who have come together through a shared passion for creative education and the exceptional teaching and learning potential of radio broadcasting.

They’re currently working in schools across the Midlands setting up pupil led radio stations. They have a great team that provide everything from technial advice, installation and training to setting up a school radio station with production teams for a variety of radio programmes.

They have strong links with radio professionals and programme makers who can deliver specific masterclasses. I’m working with them as a producer, helping pupils to generate content for their shows such as theme tunes, jingles, features and sound effects.

It’s a fantastic method for encouraging independent, cross-curricular learning in an exciting and creative way.

Find our more and listen to some of the results on their website – www.getontheradio.co.uk

Creative Partnerhsip’s Legacy

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Creativity Culture & Education (CCE), the charity that run Creative Partnerships, have a number of ‘Legacy of Creative Partnerships’ videos amongst other things on their vimeo page.

London Sinfonietta KX Collective

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

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The Kings Cross or KX Collective are a group of young musicians (12-19) interested in contemporary music making who come together under the guidance of the London Sinfonietta. I recently led a workshop for the collective alongside animateur Jackie Walduck and three players from the London Sinfonietta.

The workshop was inspired by the work of Matthew Herbert whose new work ‘One Day’ was commissioned and performed by the London Sinfonietta during the workshop weekend. Herbert’s work incorporates field recordings, found objects, live sampling and live performers. The video below features Herbert talking about his approach to writing ‘One Day’:

Taking inspiration from Herbert’s work, in particular his P.C.C.O.M. – Personal Contract For The Composition Of Music [Incorporating the Manifesto Of Mistakes], the KX Collective explored experimental approaches to making music including improvisation, recording and sampling sounds, composing with sound, responding to recorded sounds using instruments and the voice and combining this material into a new musical composition.

The workshop was part of an ongoing programme of opportunities for young people in the Kings Cross area of London to take part in a diverse range of music making activities, working with professional musicians and expanding their musical horizons.

Creative Change: The Governors’ Perspective

Friday, October 8th, 2010

I’ve just recently finished a film project working with Ian McCormick at ICFILM. The film is called ‘Creative Change: The Governors’ Perspective’ and looks at the benefits and challenges of developing a creative curriculum in two contrasting primary schools from the perspective of the school governors. The two schools we worked with are Change Schools on the Creative Partnerships programme.

The project followed an action research model using film as the medium.  We interviewed the headteachers and a number of governors from each school about their experiences of developing a more creative curriculum. Despite the two schools being quite different in their demographic (one in rural Herefordshire the other in North Birmingham) the challenges and concerns were similar, but the overwhelming response to the impact of the changes were positive. Both schools talked about the increased level of enagagement and motivation in their pupils and governors commented on the relevance of developing creative thinking skills for the wider world and work.

The film was commissioned by Bright Space who deliver the CP programme in Birmingham, Herefordshire and Worcestershire and the film is now being distributed to schools they are currently working with. It is intended to promote increased understanding and engagement from governors in schools who are undergoing changes towards a more creative approach to teaching and learning.

For more information or copies of the film please contact Bright Space.

Recent CP School Projects

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

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I’ve just completed another couple of Creative Partnerships projects that I’ve been working on over the summer term.

I was working with a Yr3/4 class at St Bartholomew’s Primary in Wolverhampton to create some podcasts and a project blog. This was one of the youngest groups I’ve worked with on a project of this sort and they coped really well. They wrote some fantastic scripts and managed to get to grips with recording using portable recorders. They also mastered basic editing and mixing using Audacity. We also did a little bit of work using Garage Band on the school mac.

The other project was at Penn Hall SEN School also in Wolverhampton. I worked with the whole school to create a sound trail around the school grounds with imaginary soundtracks for each of the six locations. Participants followed a map and listened to directions and the soundtracks on mp3 players. I collaborated with graphic designer Nick Smith to create the map and we also produced an interactive CD Rom to document the project.

More info and examples of the work on the updated  ‘Creative Partnerships’ page.

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Bearwood Primary School Project

Friday, March 26th, 2010

I’ve just finished a Creative Partnerships project in Bearwood Primary school, Smethwick. I was working with rap artist Prof. D and a class of lively Yr5 children. We were looking at providing a creative stimulus for writing. The children wrote and performed raps and we created a project blog on which they posted their raps and updates about the project. You can see for youself at

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