LEAN is proud to announce Moving Stories: embedding dance and drama in SEND teacher practice, one of the 8 UK-wide projects chosen for support from Round 6 of Paul Hamlyn Teacher Development Fund. LEAN led a successful bid along with our arts delivery partners Peoplescape Theatre and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. We will be working over 2 years with six Lewisham schools: Watergate, Brent Knoll, Drumbeat, New Woodlands and the Resource Bases at Tidemill and Athelney Primary.
Artists from theatre and dance will collaborate with teachers to develop a unified learning journey for everyone, with the goal to improve communication skills of young people facing high levels of disadvantage. Communication skills are the key to unlocking young peoples’ ability to thrive as active, engaged and connected members of their communities, and combining dance and drama will ensure the activities are fully inclusive for children with a wide range of complex needs. Teachers and artists will learn from each other and spread good practice to colleagues, ensuring young people with special needs have access to a rich and exciting arts curriculum which supports their life skills.