AUB welcomed more than 60 teachers to campus for a range of specialist arts and music workshops
The one-day event, titled Hammer&Play, was a collaboration between AUB, Cultural Hub and WAVE Arts Agency.
A total of 65 teachers got to choose between Life Drawing, 3D Sculpting and Music (the Kodály Method).
The aim of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions was for the teachers to develop their skills and return to their classrooms with new ideas.
As well as tutors from AUB, the day also featured Jimmy Rotherham, Head of Music at Feversham Academy in Bradford.
Jimmy set the education world alight by transforming Feversham Academy’s Ofsted rating by placing music and the arts at the centre of its curriculum.
Speaking about the event, AUB’s Senior Projects Officer for Widening Participation, Deano Pickering, said: “We were delighted to host 65 teachers with us on Saturday as part of this inclusive specialist CPD session.
“Schools need to be vibrant, inspiring places – our teachers need to be just as vibrant and inspiring in order to give a rich and far-reaching experience.
“This one-day workshop aimed to bring school teachers and educators together to undertake creative practices which complement their teaching.
“With the art curriculum being squeezed in schools such events offer and opportunity to inspire school teachers while giving them the space to make, build, design and create.”
The session had the following aims and objectives:
• An opportunity where relevant staff can have the space and time to be expressive and creative.
• To explore new ways of expression/methodologies.
• To discover new practical ways to be vibrant and inspiring within a teaching and learning environment.
• To capitalise on sharing creative practices between colleagues.
• Participants have an enriched learning experience, which would not normally take place in school.
• Participants have the opportunity to develop creativity through expressive forms.
• Strengthening cultural capital – increased confidence in teachers to encourage aspiration for young people to be comfortable in a Higher Education environment.
• Participants to explore new methodologies to aid enrich teaching identified by the curriculum.
• To raise the awareness of the provision and courses at AUB with external partners and colleagues.
• To raise the awareness of progression routes into Higher Education.
• To strengthen the collaboration of partnership between educational providers.
The Cultural Hub is a unique partnership joining schools with leading cultural organisations to create, develop and deliver awe-inspiring projects for children and young people.