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Spring 2 Staff Room

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


  • Create Sheffield Update from our Creative Education Producer

  • Special School Creative Community of Practice events

  • New arts & cultural Partners

  • Notice Board of news and opportunities

  • Resources and Inspiration

Create Sheffield Update

From our Creative Education Producer

I have been working with my colleagues Amy Willoughby and Becky Stroud this year to support Create Sheffield develop their offer to schools. As part of this we hosted 'Why Creativity Matters Now' - a series of online conversations in October. You can watch these back on the Create Sheffield website.

It’s been fantastic over the last few months to hear about all the amazing creative opportunities that schools are offering children and about how much children are gaining from these experiences, particularly in supporting their recovery following lockdown. I've also been so excited to learn more about the huge range of creative Partners who work with Create Sheffield. We are so lucky to have such an incredible variety of creative opportunities in Sheffield.

What has been clear though during our work is that many teachers and subject leaders of creative subjects such as art and music don't feel they have adequate expertise to meet the increasing demands of the curriculum.

With this in mind we are working with Create Sheffield to develop a CPD offer for schools to enhance teacher and subject leader expertise in art and music in primary schools and we need you and your input!

We're looking for teachers and subject leaders working in Sheffield who feel they have expertise to join our creative steering group and help shape the CPD offer. If you feel you have expertise in this area please contact us at by March 11th.

From Jenny Coats, Create Sheffield Creative Education Producer and Head at Beck School.

Special School Creative Community of Practice

The Special School Creative Community is researching the value of creativity for children and young people with special needs. The group will be running two CPD workshops in the Spring Term. There are a limited number of free places available for Partners and special school staff. Email Matt Laurie to register.

  • Spray Paint Pictures - Tuesday 15th March 4pm - 5.45pm at Seven Hills School. Arts Specialist Claire Lount will introduce the process of making Spray Paint Pictures, an inclusive activity for children and young people with special needs. All workshop participants will have the opportunity to create their own picture, reflect on the process and leave with an activity that they can use in their class or practice.

  • Sensory Circuits in Nature - Thursday 28th April at Bents Green School. The second session will be led By Emily Whiteley, an arts specialist who works at Bents Green School. This session will introduce Sensory Circuits, a wellbeing activity themed around three themes of activity, Alerting, Calming and Organising. Participants will be led through the process and will leave with a set of activities that they can use in their class or practice.


New Arts & Cultural Partners

University of Sheffield Performance Venues

We are delighted to introduce our newest Partners, UoS Performance Venues, home to musical discovery, learning, and participation, combining eclectic programming, internationally renowned performers, and creative learning opportunities for schools & young people. Read about their Spring series below.

Visit their Partner page

The University of Sheffield Concerts series has just started its Spring season and there's over 20 fantastic evening concerts, free lunchtime and rush-hour events spanning jazz, folk, classical and world music. The series focuses on taking events from an educational angle and we are extremely keen to work with schools and young people. We are happy to offer discounted (or potentially free) tickets to groups who would like to visit the events, please do get in touch if you are interested. We are also hosting free masterclasses from our artists on the 21st, 24th and 31st of March and can accommodate groups to watch these.

Please do get in touch if you are interested or have an idea for a collaboration!

Sheffield Mencap

Our Partners at Sheffield Mencap & Gateway are the leading provider of training & support for people with learning disabilities in Sheffield.

Sheffield Mencap have been collecting and sharing 70 stories from members, carers, families, volunteers and staff to celebrate their 70th anniversary as a charity. These stories come together to build a picture of everything which makes Sheffield Mencap what it is.

Read more

Notice Board

IVE - Funding for schools & mental health and wellbeing training

  • Funding for schools: Preparing and mobilising your school community. 23 March 2022, 15:45 – 17:15 GMT. This session will explain how working in partnership with other key people, organisations and leaders can help you access funding for your school. Including how to get the most out of a PTA/Friends Of group, and some simple systems that make working in partnership a little bit easier. Read more.

  • Thinking further – Post-pandemic mental health and wellbeing, 30 March 2022 16:00 – 17:30. Focusing on the impact of the pandemic on children and young people, exploring in greater depth mental health and wellbeing and some of the specific problems some children have. Book now.


For ages 8 - 14

Non-Violent Action: A Force for Change National Conference. 24th June 10am-4pm. Sheffield Quaker Meeting House.

Attend the launch of our cross-curricular learning materials which use inspiring case studies to engage your young people in action for change.

Book here

Creative DJ School

Primary & Secondary

Creative DJ School are excited to share with you their brilliant creative DJ workshops;

School Holiday DJ Club - Would you like to learn professional DJ Skills and interact with the latest DJ equipment? In these sessions you will learn how the equipment works and how to perform creative DJ techniques. You do not need any previous experience or your own equipment, as the club is suitable for complete beginners. 

DJ and Scratch Workshops - In this workshop you will learn how equipment works, how to perform creative DJ techniques and how to scratch. Students will also learn a brief history of DJ technology and culture. The workshops cover key aspects of the national music curriculum and offer excellent enrichment opportunities for your students.

Learn more

Tell Tale Hearts


50% discount for Create Sheffield schools as part of our pilot tour of, The Bluebird, providing Cultural Capital for KS2 pupils.

Our Bluebird is taking flight, thanks to ACE National Lottery Funding, from 21st June but our discount offer of £195 for 2 shows/day is limited and only valid for the first 3 weeks, until Friday 8th July 2022.

What is, The Bluebird?

The Bluebird is a mythical harbinger of happiness but it’s hiding in a distant land, can you help us find it? Could it have flown to the Land of Memory, the Future, or is it stuck in the Land of Luxury or Night?

This is a highly interactive live show, where children need to discover their own answers helped by some surprising characters and plenty of theatrical magic. It raises important philosophical questions within a compelling, interactive quest adventure devised for KS2 children and perfect to support their mental health awareness in the wake of the pandemic.

Each performance lasts approximately 1 hour and is supported by digital resources, including a 20 minute, ‘Meet the Makers’ film where all contributing artists explain their role in the project and how they have contributed to its creation ie. What does a puppet maker’s studio look like? How was the show written?

You can see a sneak preview of the upcoming show here.

If you would like to make a booking or find out more information, please contact Natasha

With very best wishes, Natasha Holmes

Emergency Services Museum


15th, 16th, 17th and 18th April 2022

Come face to face with real life superheroes from every day emergency services to superheroes of the sky, water and of the animal world. Jump on board our fire engine and discover what it would be like rushing to an incident.

More information


EYFS, Primary, Secondary

Maker{Move} brings all of the resources and materials to you, providing workshops in which children can design and make a range of objects, and engage in STEAM challenges (integrating science, technology, engineering and mathematics with the arts). The process of creating, tinkering, testing and modifying allows children to develop the skills they need to solve complex problems. We have a wide variety of activities and workshops suitable for EYFS and Primary to KS3.

Find out more



Why not book an Amazelab workshop for your school this term? Full day, half day, individual class, assemblies plus extracurricular, holiday and transition workshops all available! Each workshop can be bespoke to your school to fit your current curriculum.

Why Amazelab? We put a fun and creative take on all things STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) Our 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. Nominated for 3 awards at The STEM Inspirational awards, The Global Teacher Prize 2021, National Teaching Awards 2021, winners of Small Business Awards Leading innovators in STEAM Education - UK and Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday winners.

Contact us

Greentop Circus


Greentop Community Circus Centre and Beck Primary have co-created ‘This is Circus’ a 6 week Circus programme to take over PE. It has been designed to engage children in being active, promote resilience and grow creativity. Designed so it can be run entirely remotely by schools, for a lead teacher to pick it up and run with using loaned equipment detailed lesson plans and bespoke videos or with a blended approach with circus teachers proving CPD and in class support. Since September over 320 children have been involved 90% felt able to learn lots of different skills and 84% felt circus helped them take on and succeed at difficult challenges.

More information

Sheffield Music Academy

Is your child an outstanding and passionate young musician that would benefit from professional tuition, specialist classes, and over 40 excellent performance opportunities a year?

Sheffield Music Academy are holding auditions throughout March and April 2022 for inspiring musicians aged 8+, and are holding open days on the 12th March (Grades 1-5) and 19th March (Grade 6-Diploma) at our teaching premises at Birkdale School. Visit our website for FAQs, or get in touch via phone (0114 2582804/07704 579310) or email us.

Sheffield Theatres

Shakespeare Unlocked. A thrilling, daring and totally unique 90 minute ‘escape room’ experience where students’ must unlock the Shakespeare puzzles to discover four-digit code and receive their reward from the book safe. Suitability Years 9 to 11 English and drama students. Price £195 + VAT per class (30 max) with discounts for multiple bookings. To book Complete the Jotform.

RESPONSE PROJECT. Join us for a unique and daring creative response project to Sheffield Theatres production of Dario Fo’s classic political farce Accidental Death of an Anarchist. Over half a term, come and watch a performance of Accidental Death of an Anarchist and take part in practical devising and performance workshops plus special rehearsal insight features for the teachers and tutors at theatres. Suitability Key Stage 4 and 5. Dates Autumn term. Price £700 plus VAT per group. To Book Contact

Rehearsing Shakespeare for performance with Sheffield Theatres Associate Director Caroline Steinbeis. Making bold and creative decisions with renowned texts, giving classic characters authentic new journeys, celebrating the accessibility of Shakespeare’s prose and the intention within the verse. Date Tuesday 5 JulyTime 6pm - 7.30pmPrice £10 (bursaries available – please contact

Intro Games Career Festival 2022 is a four-day event jam-packed full of support and content to help you get hired in the Games Industry! The event will take place from Wednesday 9th March until Saturday 12th March.

Resources & Inspiration

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

Climate Crisis

  • The South Yorkshire Schools Climate (virtual) Conference 2022 takes place March 1-3. In addition to the Conference, they are bringing together a network of schools seeking to include climate education in their curriculum and reduce their school's impact on the environment. Sign up here.

  • Up and down the UK over 1,000 schools, colleges and nurseries have now joined the Let’s Go Zero movement! Join the campaign.

  • Fairtrade Foundation have new produced films, lesson plans and activities to help you and your students take action for a fairer future.

Diversity & Inclusion

Sheffield AntiRacist Education has published a collection of resources, links, events and ideas that support anti-racist education. Below are a couple of our favourites.

And everything else..

  • AccessArt New Primary Art Curriculum

  • 6 ways to teach Science creatively. A selection of resources for teachers looking to emphasise creative skills and thinking in science from A New Direction.

  • 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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