Create Sheffield Staff Room - Autumn 2

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


  • Why Creativity Matters NOW - recordings and summaries from the 12 conversations that took place between teachers and artists in October 2021.

  • New Create Sheffield arts and cultural Partners, all offering excellent work for and with children and young people in Sheffield.

  • Notice Board - creative opportunities and news from our creative Partners.

  • Resources and Inspiration - links to resources, organisations and articles; offering you support in the classroom, including themes around the Climate Crisis and Diversity & Inclusion.

  • Share arts and creativity from your school - share with us your stories of the brilliant creative work happening in your classroom.

Create Sheffield Update

Why Creativity Matters NOW

Thank you to all that came along to any of the 12 online conversations that took place during Why Creativity Matters NOW (WCMN), part of the Learn Sheffield Autumn Online Festival.

What happened? Arts and cultural organisations and schools shared inspiring stories, case studies and ideas, whilst also discussing some of the challenges we face in using creativity in the classroom. There were themes covering SEND, diversity & inclusion, early years, the curriculum, active health and wellbeing, building community, drama & expressive arts, Sheffield Adventures, top tips and more.

For those that missed out, you can access the recordings from our website.

What’s next? We are currently working with our Creative Education Producer(s) Jenny Coats, Amy Willoughby and Becky Stroud from Beck School, using the knowledge gained from WCMN, to help us plan our next steps and our offer to schools and Partners in 2022. We look forward to telling you more soon!

New Arts & Cultural Partners

Beverley Ward < writing >

Writer, facilitator, writing coach and owner of The Writers Workshop. Beverley supports children, adults and young people at all stages of their writing journeys through workshops, coaching, retreats and manuscript feedback. Read more.

Creative DJ School < music technology >

Creative DJ school have completed a number of workshops during the year for Parkwood Academy, Handsworth Grange and Sheffield Music School. During these events the children have learnt innovative DJ techniques, collaborating as a team and working towards sample based compositions and routines. This has been both challenging and engaging for learners, expanding their creative thinking in new exciting ways. The workshops have received positive feedback from music teachers and students and we would like to expand into more schools in 21-22. Get in touch if you are interested.

Link Learning < music technology, SEND >

Link Learning is a team of teachers, musicians and artists that work with schools, children’s hospitals and community centres to deliver high-quality creative activities that encourage musical exploration, discovery and experimentation. Read more.

DECSY < Global Learning, drama, P4C >

DECSY exists to promote Global Learning: an approach to education that increases understanding of complex global issues, such as world poverty, conflict, climate change, racism and migration and thinking about how to create a better world. We work with teachers and many others involved in education with the aim to inspire and inform so that educators can confidently bring the global perspective into their teaching. Read more.

Matthew Laurie < special needs training, community music >

Matthew Laurie specialises in Community Music and Special Needs Training. Matthew devises and leads community music projects, collaborating with special schools to embed music and communication practice whilst also helping families to support children with special needs. Read more.

Carmel Page < storytelling >

Carmel is a freelance Storyteller, Artist in Education, Community Artist, Author & Creative Mentor. She has a wide breadth of experiences and skill, working with a plethora of organisations and settings across the city. Read more.

Grimm & Co < writing, storytelling >

Grimm & Co is a Yorkshire based literacy charity providing exciting writing workshops for children and young people, aged 7-18, unleashing imaginations through the joyful discovery of stories. 

The workshops they deliver cover lots of different types of writing, from comedy writing and stories, to poems, plays and monologues.  These workshops are all free to the child and young person and encourages self-esteem, resilience, and self-belief, raising literacy levels and building confidence. Read more.

Virtual School < children in care, creative curriculum >

The Virtual School for Children Looked After (SCC) coordinates educational services for children in their care from 2 to 18 years old. They work in partnership with a child or young person’s school (or the education establishment at which they are registered) and social worker to ensure they are supported to fulfil their potential at all stages of their education. The Virtual School want to give them the best opportunity to be successful in their adult lives. Read more.

Notice Board


Chol are delighted to announce their latest Sheffield based project - Listen 52. LISTEN 52 is a youth leadership and arts engagement project in Sheffield, leading to an ambitious city centre performance in Summer 2022. 8 Young Producers (16-21yrs) will join Chol to discover children and young people’s hopes and fears about what their world will be like 30 years from now.

The Listen 52 team will hit the road in Chol’s new mobile base, the Cholavan, creatively engaging hundreds of children and young people in their locality. The Young Producers will gather stories, recruit young performers, and build momentum towards their final event where audiences will witness large-scale projections, sound installations, and live performers sharing vital messages from the year 2052.

Cool are currently recruiting 8 young people aged between 16 and 21 to become Young Producers on their paid internship.

This internship is designed to provide experience and opportunities for anyone who might be interested in starting a career in the arts. You do not need to have any experience in delivering arts events or working professionally in the arts, just a willingness to get stuck in!

For more information. please check out Chol’s website or email Lauren at


Amazelab offer a full range of online and in person workshops for your school putting a fun and create take on all things STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, maths) Contact us for more information.

We have some exciting workshops coming up taking place at Cutlery Works, Kelham Island, Sheffield. Please book via this link.

  • Amazelab STEAM Club - The first Sunday of every month 10-11am aimed at 5-11 year olds with everyone from making your own snow to exploding rainbows and robot hands!

  • Children's Christmas workshops in aid of Sheffield Children's Hospital snowflake appeal Monday 20th December make your own snowglobes and pop up Christmas cards while learning the STEAM behind the skills.

Carmel Page

My Role as a Henry Dancer Days Storyteller was written by our Partner Carmel Page about her experience as a Storyteller in Ward Six of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital where children and young people with cancer have complex treatments.

“They are attached to chemotherapy pumps, feeding tubes, monitors, oxygen supplies, even if they had the energy to get out of bed they would struggle to get to the door. They can’t escape but I can go in.” Read her Story.

Sheffield Museums

Book Sheffield Museum’s brand-new Ancient Egypt: A Mummy’s Story activity day. Children will consider how colonialism equipped the museums with the knowledge of lives in Ancient Egypt and think about how this makes them feel. This workshop uses enquiry-based learning to encourage children to connect and empathise with Djedma'atiuesankh through a combination of research, discussion and structured debate.

Tell Tale Hearts

Tell Tale Heart’s Bluebird is taking flight, subject to ACE project funding, in June 2022. Inspired by Maeterlinck’s Bluebird, this show raises important philosophical questions for children in Key Stage 2 within a compelling, interactive quest adventure. What is the bluebird exactly and where could it be hiding? In the Land of Memory, the Future, the Land of Luxury or of Night? The audience need to discover their own answers helped by plenty of theatrical magic.

Perfect to support children’s mental health awareness in the wake of the pandemic. But, if you can't wait till next summer, our highly interactive storytelling shows, Suitcase Stories and Trunk Tales are back in schools this term. Contact:

Flying Fish Studio

Hannah from Flying Fish studio offers professional art workshops for children in schools – these can be run as art lessons, after school art workshops or as part of a residential. Hannah is trained in Montessori education, where children are encouraged to enjoy “having a go” within a supportive environment. Hannah offers workshops in felting, metal embossing and clay, amongst others. If you would like to enquire about the workshops, or have any questions, please contact Hannah at

“The Wet Felting workshop was fantastic. It was age appropriate, very practical and inspiring. Hannah has a wonderfully calm manner with the children, is extremely professional. The workshop was extremely well organised. This was a wonderful opportunity for our girls to explore new materials and a new technique in art. Thank you, Hannah!” - Ruth (school teacher) June 2019.

In Between the Trees

Over recent months one of our creative partners, Emily Whiteley at In-between the Trees has been developing and running the following courses which both involve practical workshop style approaches mainly outside;

Supporting Autism & Neurodiversity in the Outdoors explores autism friendly pedagogy and showcases effective strategies such as sensory circuits and sensory stories.

Don’t Panic: it’s a Climate Emergency includes participation in a variety of activities aiming to spark discussion around the climate crisis and facilitate creative ways to weave it into the curriculum, empowering young people without exacerbating eco anxiety.

The courses can be bespoke to your requirements, from a 1 hour session to 2 days.

Some feedback: “Great multi-sensory ideas which can be used both indoors and outdoors in our setting” Outdoor education teacher. “Really useful for how to develop a multi-sensory approach” SENDCo. “Leader encourages open and honest discussion” EYFS teacher. ”Knowledgeable and friendly course with lots of interesting practical ideas” Y1-6 teacher and eco coordinator.

Contact Emily for more information @

Angie Hardwick

Angie Hardwick is freelance Visual Artist based in Sheffield. She delivers inspirational, participatory workshops to all ages and abilities. Angie recently delivered a range of activities for the Healthy Activities and food project (HAF) working with children between the ages of 5 and 14.

In her Story, Angie describes her work in the HAF sessions where she taught young people different ceramic techniques including imprinting and applying, to create their own individual personalised fish in the project named ‘Swim Against the Current’. The young people involved in the project learned that it’s ok to be different and to not follow the crowd. The project celebrates bravery, strength and courage. Promoting uniqueness, individually and difference.

Swim Against the Current will be on display in the Winter Gardens from 6th Dec to 19th Dec 2021. Read the full story here.

National Videogame Museum

NVM’s ambitious new project supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation will see them developing the game designers of the future. They are teaming up with the University of Sheffield’s School of Education and the Literacies Research Cluster to promote maker-led education. They’ll be supporting the MakerFutures programme to develop digital literacies in schools, libraries, and museums (like theirs!).

With generous support from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, they will be undergoing a two-year research programme. This will see them working with schools and children, taking on the role of videogame designers and artists. See their website for more information.

Resources & Inspiration

Please find below links to resources, organisations and articles; offering you support in the classroom.

Climate Crises

  • WWF Climate Change Resources - curriculum linked resources for the classroom to help your pupils explore the issues of climate change in an engaging and motivating way.

  • People’s COP26: Youth climate activists from most affected areas tell their stories from Peoples Dispatch.

  • DECSY’s Sheffield Street Trees campaign resources - These lessons use a fictional context using ‘Mantle of the Expert’ to introduce different perspectives and to engage learners in the Sheffield Street Trees case study.

Diversity & Inclusion

  • BBC’s Black and British: A Forgotten History, Historian David Olusoga explores the enduring relationship between Britain and people whose origins lie in Africa.

  • The Windrush 70 Pioneers and Champions. 150 pages of information, activities, photographs and data for students, teachers, parents, guardians and anyone keen to know some of the interesting post-war stories of Caribbean people in the UK.

  • Black Lives Still Matter - In this podcast Dr Nadena Doharty from the School of Education UoS talks to Head Teacher Dean Gordon about Lewisham's initiative to embed anti-racism across the entire London Borough. Dean is one of the UK's few Black Caribbean Head Teachers and is a member of the race steering group in Lewisham, setup to tackle racial inequality in the Borough’s education system.

And everything else..

  • AccessArt work in collaboration with artists, educators, schools, museums, galleries and arts organisations to create the inspirational visual arts resources.

  • Teaching for Creativity from A New Direction - Supporting teachers to develop young people’s creativity through a broad and diverse curriculum. Browse their resources.

  • The January Challenge from 64 Million artists is 31 days of fun, quick and free creative challenges to kickstart your year. The January Challenge boosts creativity, wellbeing and community connection. It inspires ideas, is a fuel for conversation and learning, and an opportunity to express yourself. Sign up!

  • Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has presented his Autumn Budget and Spending Review for 2021. In their post, the Cultural Learning Alliance has provided headlines and first-look analysis, including what’s new for Culture and Education, and what is missing.

  • Sheffield Adventures 50+ creative activities developed for Create Sheffield to share - ideas that are useful for your home or school environment and ones that will take you all around our wonderful city.

  • Creativity Exchange - The Creativity Exchange is a space for school leaders, teachers, those working in cultural organisations, scientists, researchers and parents to share ideas about how to teach for creativity and develop young people’s creativity at and beyond school.

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

Share arts and creativity from your school

As your Cultural Education Partnership, Create Sheffield would love to be able to share and tell the story of the brilliant creative work happening in your classroom. Do you have a story you want to shout about? Have a student’s piece of work that you are proud of? Share with us so we can spread the word. You can email or tag us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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