Afgelopen donderdag 13 juli was ik op de conferentie Intercultural Dimensions of Cultural Education in Chester. Hier werden de resultaten gepresenteerd van een interessante samenwerking tussen de 'bridge organisation' Curious Minds (een soort MOCCA) en RECAP (Research into Education, Creativity and Arts through Practice) van de universiteit van Chester.
During the past four years Curious Minds has developed a programme called Specialist Leaders in Cultural Education (SLiCE). Our aim has been to build a strong and knowledgeable group of teacher leaders who are articulate advocates for cultural education and can be deployed into other schools to identify and support new cultural champions, as well as engaging effectively with cultural organisations to create new and collaborative models of working.
As this programme is delivered in Teaching Schools, Multi-Academy Trusts and Academy Chains we aligned the role to the National College of Teaching and Leadership’s system leadership model of the Specialist Leader in Education. The SLiCE role enables teachers to have time and support to develop their skills in communicating to wider audiences, organising complex teams, motivating peers and colleagues, and developing as recognisable champions of culture within their alliances and with cultural partners. The SLiCEs report high levels of commitment from schools within their alliances, which has contributed to curriculum development and increased inter-school planning and delivery.
SLiCE fellows undertake a placement in a cultural organisation/s and then develop a research project based in cultural practice. Using participatory action research methods enables a group of schools to test out practices for the benefit of their whole alliance and beyond. This includes delivering continuing professional development (CPD) for peers, offering school to-school support and having an input into initial teacher training. They are part of a growing network which enables them to share practice, reflect on their learning and benefit from the support of peers.