Time to share our Winter news

Become a Partner; CPD and Artsmark; Job and commission opportunities; Opportunities for schools.
1. Celebrating our new Partners
We want to extend a very warm welcome to our very first group of Partners who signed up after the Programming and Participation event that we ran on 3rd October.  There are lots of others in the wings too, sorting out paperwork, but we are delighted that these 14 are our pioneers!
  • Chol Theatre
  • Forced Entertainment
  • Greentop Community Circus Centre
  • Growtheatre
  • Muriel Design/Sarah Jane Palmer
  • Museums Sheffield
  • Ruskin in Sheffield
  • Sheffield Creative Guild
  • Sheffield Doc:Fest
  • Sheffield Theatres
  • Tales from the Playground
  • Tell Tale Hearts Children’s Theatre Company
  • Third Angel
  • Whitworks Adventures in Theatre
If you sign up to become a Partner by the 13th December, then we can make sure your information will be on the new website when it is shared with Sheffield schools at the end of January.  The sign up process doesn't take very long - we promise!  Get in touch with us to find out more.  

We are really keen to cast the net as widely as possible so that we can learn about and support ALL of the creative work happening with children and young people in Sheffield.  Please tell others about Create Sheffield and help us get the word out about becoming a Partner.
2. Schools are CHAMPION!!
Champion Schools dinner
On 16th October, together with IVE, we hosted a dinner at the Crucible Theatre for 35 senior leaders and head teachers who feel it is important that they have the arts and creativity as part of their core offer in school. We listened to their interests and concerns, and shared Create Sheffield's ambitions and plans. We wanted to know how to help them, and also how best to help schools that have become less engaged with arts and culture in recent years. 

Lots came out of this meeting - we have new plans which will be shared as part of Learn Sheffield's Leaders' briefings, and we are also going to visit every Locality meeting to talk to head teachers about what they need and what we can offer.  Key is that Ofsted's new 'broad and balanced curriculum' requirement offers us a way to support schools to re-engage with the arts.  

As a direct result of this meeting and the thoughts of these head teachers, Create Sheffield are subsidising 50% of the cost of Artsmark, for a group of 20 schools from across Sheffield.  These schools will work together to share their Artsmark journeys and be supported with bespoke training and CPD run by IVE.  We are recruiting these schools now - please let us know if you would be interested in being one of the Sheffield 20!
Primary Subject Network meetings: Creative Arts
We are facilitating these twilight meetings as a partner of Learn Sheffield, and they will be held in the city centre.  They're aimed at all subject leaders in the creative subjects - music, art, drama and dance.  We aim for them to be fun, supportive interesting and informative - and responsive to what you need and want.  We are running these together with our Partners, including the Music Hub and Sheffield Theatres.
Dates for 2019/2020 are below: 
  • Autumn - 28th November 2019 (4-6pm, Sheffield Institute of Education, Charles Street)
  • Spring - 16th March 2020
  • Summer - 24th June 2020
Sign up is through Learn Sheffield
Secondary Subject Network meetings:
  • Secondary Art Subject meetings are kicking off on the 16th December at Museums Sheffield - let us know if you're coming.
  • Secondary Music Subject meetings are nearly finalised.  There'll be a composition focused meeting w/c 13 Jan - sign up here for more info.  We are working in partnership with Sheffield Music Hub, Sheffield Uni and Learn Sheffield.
  • Secondary Dance & Drama Subject networks - we are still looking for drama and dance teachers who might want to co-lead these with us... it's a paid opportunity.  Get in touch if you're interested.
3. Website
We have commissioned our website from Evoluted, a brilliant Sheffield-based company... it's being designed and created as we type.  We aim to have it live early in the new year 2020.  

On the website you will be able to find information about:
  • all of our arts and cultural Partners (they'll have a page each to tell you about the sort of work they do with and for children and young people.)
  • our first 30 Sheffield Adventures for young people aged 11 - 16 (which Eleven Design are in the process of pulling together for us at the moment, in collaboration with lots of other brilliant brains).
  • Stories!  We want to collect stories celebrating all of the brilliant things that are happening all around the city, and shout about them.  Loudly.  
    Have you run an amazing arts or cultural education programme? Has your school completed a project you're particularly proud of? Let us know if you've got a story to share.
  • Events - our Partners will be able to share the events they are planning, and we'll also share our Create Sheffield events too: City of Young Makers, CPD Creative teach-meets and more.
4. Fantastic opportunities for schools

Creative and Active:  

Would you like to be in at the beginning of creating Circus programmes for schools for regional and national roll out, and a chance to get circus into your school?
Greentop Community Circus Centre is looking for your education input to help in programme designs for Y5 and Y6 targeting the least active, promoting physical and mental wellbeing and creativity. This is a great CPD opportunity for arts and sports subject leaders and could include pilot programmes that can be part of your school’s improvement plan.

Greentop Community Circus Centre is a Sheffield based arts charity that has been delivering circus in a broad range of settings for almost 25 years from its Brightside base. We believe circus experience helps young people to be ready to seize life chances and can help engage the least active.
We have been gathering evidence of how circus experience impacts physical and mental well-being, as well as a way of promoting physical literacy that is gender neutral.  To mark 25-years we want to co-design a range of circus programmes for schools that will relate to;
  • Physical Education (involving Hallam University’s Health and Wellbeing and Education faculties),  
  • wider curriculum areas (e.g. involving Sheffield University's National Circus Archive) 
  • Teacher training (involving the National Centre for Circus Arts) 
  • Adaption to different needs/disabilities (involving recently published toolkit Circus for Everyone)
If you would like to hear more about what this will involve please contact Teo at Greentop on 0114 244 8828 or
The project is subject to Arts Council England support.  
5. Job opportunities

Assistant Project Officer:
Create Sheffield are hiring... we are looking for a recent graduate who is interested in both arts and education.  This is a fantastic, full time opportunity - 2 days per week with Create Sheffield and 3 days per week with Learn Sheffield.  More info on their web page: 
Closing date for applications is 13th December.

Youth Voice Commission
Create Sheffield would like to commission the first stage of our Youth Voice work. 
Key outcomes:

  1. Mapping of current Youth Voice across the city and where to engage with young people
  2. Engagement of young creative professionals in creation of Youth Voice (min 5 young professionals, aged 19-25).
  3. Engagement of young people aged 13-18 in creation of Youth Voice (min 7 young people – not professionals).
  4. Development of Create Sheffield’s Youth Voice action plan.
  5. Initial outline of Create Sheffield’s Youth Voice Strategy.

We are inviting expressions of interest from providers who would like to be considered for this role with a deadline of 3rd January 2020. Expressions of interest will be shortlisted, and all applicants will be notified of outcomes by w/c 13th January 2020, with shortlisted applicants invited to an interview on 17th January 2020. 

Application and enquiries should be addressed to:
Sophie Hunter at Create Sheffield, or Sara Gowen, Create Sheffield Director:

6. Interesting reads

Election 2019: What’s in it for the arts? 
Taking Part 2018/19: statistical release
CMS reports drop in arts engagement

7. Next newsletter
Our next newsletter deadline is Thursday 9th January.  Send us news and stories for that date - the newsletter should be sent out by the last week in January.
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