Paul Hamlyn Foundation launch new Teacher Development Fund

Oct 4, 2018

The Teacher Development Fund (TDF), now in its second year, supports cohorts of primary teachers in developing their teaching through the arts.

Recent recipients of the pilot grants are looking at, for example, metacognition, vocabulary development, extended writing etc and are working with a variety of arts partners including The Globe, National Orchestra of Wales, Creative Scotland etc as well as with more local partners. The report into the pilot grants is due to be published later in the term.

The grant is for £150,000 over 2 years. The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is very keen to encourage applications from schools, MATs, TSAs plus arts organisations from across all four nations.

The focus for the programme, now in its second round is:

  • Primary schools
  • Supporting children and young people experiencing disadvantage
  • Approaches which involve learning through the arts
  • Long-term, inquiry-based projects which support teachers’ professional development and learning
  • 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.

In order to understand the context of teacher continuing professional development and learning across the UK, PHF funded seven pilot projects (June 2016 to July 2018). During the pilot phase, we worked in partnership with the Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE) who undertook formative evaluation and delivered a programme of grantee learning. An evaluation report on the first year of the pilot phase is available here.

Applications are now open for projects beginning in September 2019. The deadline is Wednesday 5 December 2018 at 12pm

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