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Paul Hamlyn Teacher Development Fund Awarded to LEAN & Partners

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.

Posted: 26/06/2023

Paul Hamlyn Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. The Teacher Development Fund aims to enable teachers and school leaders to develop their skills, knowledge and experience in order to embed learning through the arts in the primary curriculum.


Moira Sinclair, Chief Executive at PHF said: “Learning through the arts can engage and inspire young people, support key educational outcomes and develop skills that prepare them for the next phase of their lives. For many young people, particularly those experiencing inequity and disadvantage, the only opportunity to gain access to arts education is at school. That’s why we are delighted to announce the eight partnerships that have a received a grant from our Teacher Development Fund Round 6. We were impressed by the quality of applications and look forward to seeing how the projects equip teachers with the skills and confidence needed to provide quality and impactful education and learning through the arts.”

TDF principles and priorities are focused on:

  • Primary schools
  • Teachers’ professional development and learning
  • Supporting children and young people experiencing systemic inequity and disadvantage
  • Approaches which involve learning in and through the arts
  • Projects which take an anti-racist and intersectional approach across all areas of work
  • Long-term, inquiry-based projects
  • Promoting effective and equitable partnerships between schools and arts/cultural organisations and artist practitioners
  • The contributions of school leaders and artist practitioners as both professional learners and as supporters of embedding learning through the arts in the curriculum
  • Approaches which involve any of the following art forms: crafts; creative writing, including poetry; dance; design; film; music; opera; photography; digital arts and media; theatre and drama; the visual arts; and cross-arts practices.
  • Projects that build on emerging approaches to blended CPDL and include one of more elements of online delivery.



Paul Hamlyn Foundation was established by Paul Hamlyn in 1987. Upon his death in 2001, he left most of his estate to the Foundation, creating one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK.

Our mission is to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives.

We have a particular interest in supporting young people and a strong belief in the importance of the arts.


Image: Courtesy of Peoplescape Theatre – Sensory drama project with SEND schools and Museum of London Docklands: “Molly in the Docks”

"Just to say a huge thanks ... I am looking forward to progressing with this project thanks to your support, advice and guidance"

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