Create Sheffield Staff Room

The Sheffield Cultural Education Partnership half-termly newsletter; full of information and opportunities especially for schools and educators.

Happy January everyone! We hope you a finding ways to stay happy and healthy as lockdown#3 progresses.

Create Sheffield is the name of Sheffield’s Cultural Education Partnership. We’re supported by IVE, the Arts Council England’s Bridge organisation for Yorkshire and the Humber. And we’re here to help all children and young people (aged 0-24) have opportunities to engage with arts, culture and creativity.

For many children, school is one of the places that they have an opportunity to connect with the arts and culture. We know that it’s been hard to keep creative when teaching online, and how difficult that must be for you as teachers and educators, as well as for the young people. Covid has separated us all and kept us in our own little bubbles. Create Sheffield is here to help bring everyone together, to celebrate people and ideas and to inform you about the brilliant work that is happening all around the the city. It’s through resilience and creativity that we’ll all get through these next few months, and we hope we can accompany you on that journey.

We are really excited to work closer with our education colleagues this year and have many exciting ways for you to learn, engage and share with Create Sheffield, our city and each other.

Create Sheffield Update

City of Young Makers

Create Sheffield’s City of Young Makers theme for 2021 is MAKING OUR FUTURE: a city-wide arts and culture celebration with a focus on young people’s creativity and how they engage with their future. The celebration spans from 21st June – 5th September 2021 with planning dates in April.

The celebration will happen across the city; in nurseries, schools, colleges and universities, and in communities, online and face-to-face. It is a chance to celebrate all children and young people in Sheffield (aged 0-24), and the creative abilities they have to make, create and imagine their future.

There will be workshops offered by Create Sheffield’s arts and cultural Partners, opportunities to join in, and the chance to celebrate the creative achievements of Sheffield’s children. The celebration isn’t limited to things you can make with your hands – it could be celebrating ideas and the making of decisions, taking a stand or singing a song, the artwork you’ve made for your GCSE’s, sharing big ideas for the future or tiny personal ones. Whether the work is beautiful art/design/drama/dance/music made in a workshop, at home or in the classroom, it’s all welcome.

Book onto our Online Marketplace for an opportunity to co-create, plan and devise workshops and activities for the COYM celebration with our arts and cultural Partners over zoom.

Special Schools Creative Community of Practice Read this quick update from Matt Laurie about our work with creative leads in Sheffield Special Schools (2 min read)

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Book onto these brilliant free Being well through Being Creative sessions from IVE. Primary, Secondary, SEND & more zoom session for teachers!

Win a copy of Mini Monsters - Can I be the Best? and a live or recorded story time session for your school!

This brand-new character led-series from Caryl Hart is perfect for LITTLE pre-schoolers learning to deal with BIG emotions. Find out more.

DECSY are pleased to announce that they are running the fabulous Y6-8 Philosophy for Children After School Club again this term! Click here for a short video of club members explaining why they enjoy P4C. The online club will be on Tuesdays, 4.30pm - 5.45pm. To find out more or to book a place, please can a parent/carer email Jane at DECSY ( Participants can also gain Children’s University credits for attending the club - let us know if you need more information about this.

During the pandemic, communities have supported each other and shown kindness in numerous ways. Our Partner Angie Hardwick will be working with Swallownest community, creating a series of artworks linked to Kindness. These will be displayed on the fence surrounding Swallownest School. Angie is inviting the people in the local area to enhance and compliment the artwork with their own flower. Creative packs will be distributed in the community to create their own kindness flower. The work will be on display in March 2021. For more information about other projects linked to the Kindness initiative, please visit their website.

50 Things to Do Before You’re Five are running online toddler groups starting Wednesday 27th January. Register your interest here.

The Family Adult & Community Education Service invites you to come along to their Online Cafe Wednesdays 10-11am. These sessions are great if you are feeling bored, isolated or struggling with home schooling and fancy having a go at a new activity or having a chat. Register here.

Amazelab’s aim is to deliver an inspiring, creative take on STEAM subjects, their relevance to everyday life and deliver this in a fun but thought provoking manner. Amazelab offer a full range of online workshops for schools, community groups and individuals plus activity packs and school teacher training sessions. Visit our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or contact us for more information.

Headspace is offering free access to all K-12 teachers, school administrators, and supporting staff in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. Helping you be kind to yourself and your health, and guide your students and their parents through this difficult time. Highly recommended!


Links to resources , organisations and articles; offering you support during the pandemic.

Read The Family, Adult & Community Education Service January Issue 3 Parents Magazine​, full of great resources and links supporting families with all things lockdown, health, wellbeing, learning and more.

The National Videogame Museum want to help parents and kids who are now pivoting to learning from home (again). As such, they’ve put together some guides to help young ones and parents learn how to make their very own videogame!

Arts Award Discover at Home Activity Videos These activities are designed to be enjoyed and completed by parents and carers with their children (ages 5-11), being supported and supervised throughout.

Forced Entertainment are excited to inform you that they’re making all 36 performances of ‘Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare At Home’ available again free to view. You can get to them by following this link.

Creativity during a pandemic in Sheffield schools 7 key messages & 6 stories from artists and educators sharing the creative work they have been doing in Sheffield schools during this pandemic (12 min read)

This Is Circus Programme in Schools During the pandemic Greentop Circus have been creating and testing an exciting and accessible new Circus Programme for school children that can be delivered remotely (2 min read)

Running online workshops via zoom Considering children’s health and well-being over zoom from Flying Fish studio (6 min read)

'Digital offer' training & resources Useful links to safeguarding, skill building, tools and more

Sheffield Adventures 52 creative activities developed for Create Sheffield to share - ideas that are useful for your home environment and ones that will take you all around our wonderful city

Find an arts & cultural practitioner Create Sheffield Partners have such a diverse range of skills and expertise, use the 'Filter Partners' button to help you narrow your search.

Calendar - save the date!

Create Sheffield Community & Special School session. March 31st 10-11.30am 2021. We have invited Matthew Laurie to come and talk about the Special School Creative Leads group. If you have an interest in Special Education and creativity, you are warmly invited to join us to share your thoughts and ask any questions

Online Marketplace. Create Sheffield Community & school City of Young Makers co-production session. April 29th 4-5.30pm 2021. This session will give teachers and Create Sheffield Partners an opportunity to co-create, plan and devise workshops and activities for the COYM celebration together over zoom

Creative Teach-meet November 24th 5-7pm (Hopefully an IN-PERSON EVENT). Create Sheffield works all across the city with colleagues in education settings and with our arts and cultural Partners - but we rarely bring them all together. Join us for an early evening celebration of their brilliance, inspiration and stories, together with a pie & pea supper and guests

Artsmark Update

Create Sheffield are delighted to be able to support the 31 schools & education providers involved in IVE’s Sheffield Artsmark consortium, through in their peer group sessions and in sharing useful resources and information. We asked Aoibheann from IVE to update us on the journey of the Sheffield Artsmark Consortium so far, and to share a little bit about the other great opportunities coming from IVE's Art Award programme. Read update. (2 min read)

Upcoming Artsmark Peer Group Sessions

Session 3. Jan 26th 3.30-5pm 2021

Session 4. March 23rd 3.30-5pm 2021

Session 5. May 25th 3.30-5pm 2021

Session 6. July 13th 3.30-5pm 2021

Shout outs

One of Create Sheffield’s roles is to shout about and celebrate the brilliant creative work being done in this city. If you have a story to share or you think someone has done something particularly fabulous you would like to shout about. Let us know!

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Create Sheffield is Sheffield’s Cultural Education Partnership. We are supported by IVE, the Arts Council England Bridge Organisation for Yorkshire and the Humber.

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