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Creative Connections

Creative Connections is a professional development programme for teachers, youth workers and creative practitioners that takes place annually. It helps people from across the arts and education and community sectors to learn from each other by encouraging them to develop the skills to design and lead projects that support young people's creative learning.

Who is it for?

  • Teaching staff based in the Thurrock locality working in mainstream primary or secondary schools, Special Educational Needs or other educational institutions.
  • Youth workers working with groups of young people on a regular basis.
  • Locally based practitioners (or those willing to travel) working in all areas of the creative industry (vocal, drama, artists, song writers, designers, etc.)  or working with arts organisations in Thurrock, with little or no experience in creative project management.

 What will I gain?

  • High-quality Continuing Professional Development delivered by experienced facilitators.
  • An ROH certificate of attendance and a professional development appraisal.
  • Knowledge and experience of best practice across the arts and education sectors.
  • Experience of designing creative projects with and for young people.
  • The opportunity to meet and share knowledge with a network of arts practitioners and organizations and become a part of a growing alumni of creative leaders/facilitators.
  • The opportunity to deliver and manage a creative project for young people in a school.
  • Practitioners will be added to the ROH Education practitioner database enabling us to keep in touch for future projects.
  • Participation in the project could count toward the attainment of Artsmark status for the school involved.
  • The opportunity for participating schools to bid for further project funding in the second year of the project to continue/develop the school’s learning.

 What do I need to apply?

  • A commitment to eight days of training during the autumn and spring term (please be aware, training will take place on some Saturdays).
  • As well as training sessions you will commit to plan and deliver a short creative project in the spring term (we anticipate this being 1-3 sessions).  This will be fully funded by the Royal Opera House.
  • A willingness to learn new skills and be open to new experiences.
  • An enthusiasm for collaborating with peers and young people.
  • An openness to sharing knowledge and experiences – independently, in group work and in open forum discussion.

What will it cost?

  • Places on this course are fully subsidised, subject to applicants meeting the criteria, and are inclusive of all meals, refreshments and an overnight stay.
  • Travel costs are at the individual participant’s expense.

How do I apply?

To register your details and request an application form, or if you have any further questions, email or call 01708 892829.

Generously sponsored by Paul Hamlyn Education Fund and Thurrock Borough Council.