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Seeking Organisations for ‘The Biggest Learning Opportunity on Earth’

A New Direction is seeking up to 15 organisations to deliver the 2010/11 'Olympic' themed Creative Partnerships Enquiry School Programme to 150 schools across London.

Posted: 03/01/2010

Each partner organisation will devise and develop a participatory project concept inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This project concept will be informed by the findings of the DEMOS report, ‘The Biggest Learning Opportunity on Earth’, and will also reference one (or more) Every Child Matters outcome and one of A New Direction’s 5 selected themes.

A New Direction’s selected themes:

  • Connecting Countries – schools making international links
  • My Family and Me – exploring identity, personal history and family learning
  • Inspired by London – the creative and cultural sector as a resource for London’s young people
  • Leading the Way – young people as leaders and student voice
  • My Future – skills and enterprise development to support young people’s working future

A New Direction will manage the recruitment of all 150 schools working across its network. Schools will apply by selecting the project concept that best supports their own line of enquiry and which relates to an aspect of their School Development Plan.

Criteria for application

Organisations who choose to express an interest in being considered as one of the partner organisations will need to demonstrate the following;

  • Capacity to work with between 8 and 15 schools
  • Eagerness to respond to the opportunities presented by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in interesting and innovative way
  • Flexibility to adapt and tailor a project concept to an individual school need as the programme is open to all formal education settings from early years, up to secondary schools and schools for pupils with special education needs
  • Experience of delivery of genuine approaches to participation
  • Commitment to delivering high quality creative learning and cultural experiences for young people across London
  • Capacity to work with schools across any of the 33 London boroughs
  • Generosity and willingness to share approaches and methodology to discuss and develop alongside other partner organisations
  • Willingness to appoint a lead and a deputy who will agree to attend all 6 programme development days

What is the Enquiry Schools Programme?

The Enquiry School programme works with schools over one academic year, to explore how creative teaching and learning can enhance their practice. The programme is a useful vehicle for a school to pilot a new way of working, build a relationship with a new partner, deliver whole staff Continuing Professional Development, or realise a new scheme of work or approach to planning.

Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE) grants A New Direction funding to deliver this programme to a target number of schools each year and over the last 12 months we delivered 112 successful Enquiry School projects across 21 London boroughs. In 2010/11 A New Direction has a target to deliver the Enquiry Schools programme to 150 schools, and is in a position to offer this opportunity to any borough across the capital.

How do organisations express an interest?

To be considered as one of the partner organisations you will need to download and complete the Expression of Interest application (below) and return via email or post by 15th March 2010 (contact details on application form)

(If shortlisted, attend a short interview during the week of 22nd March 2010.)


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