Creatives in Schools

Creatives in Schools is a new programme in which professional artists and creative practitioners partner with schools and kura to share their specialist knowledge and creative practice with students/ākonga.

The creative learning experience

 

The creative learning experience will enhance the wellbeing of students/ākonga and develop their knowledge and skills in communication, collaboration, and creative thinking and practice. It will also raise their awareness of careers in the arts and creative sectors and benefit their preparedness for the future of work.

Creatives must submit an expression of interest to the Ministry of Education. Schools and kura work with one or more creatives to submit a joint proposal for a creative project lasting from 8 to 20 weeks.

Find out more on Arts Online (external link)

Funding

Funding will enable Creatives in Schools projects in 304 schools and kura in the first four years of the programme.

The table below shows the three available funding streams for a creative project.

Allowance per project

Description

$10,000

Remuneration for the creative or creative group, covering 100 contact hours with students/ākonga and teachers/kaiako and time spent on planning, preparation, induction, and training for the project.

Up to $4,000

Reimbursement for the school(s) or kura, covering planning and liaison with the creative, teacher/kaiako release time, and monitoring and reporting on the project.

Up to $3,000

Reimbursement for the school(s) or kura for project materials and (if applicable) travel costs.


For creatives                                           

The Ministry of Education is looking for professional artists and creative practitioners to partner with schools and kura in designing creative projects for delivery over 8–20 weeks.

As a creative or group of creatives, there are two ways you can get involved.

  • If you already have a relationship with a school or kura, get in touch with them to see if they would like to put together a joint proposal with you. They will also help you with the expression of interest all creatives are required to submit.
  • If you don’t have a relationship with a school or kura, then you can submit an expression of interest online using the expression of interest form. The information you provide will be made available to schools and kura as a brief, anonymous profile on the Arts Online website. A school or kura may then request your contact details from the Ministry of Education and get in touch with you to put together a joint proposal.

Search creatives – Arts Online (external link)

Expression of interest form for creatives (external link)

If the school or kura’s proposal is successful, you will then work with teachers/kaiako to deliver the creative experience for students/ākonga.

Note that although you’ll do your proposal jointly with a school or kura, the school or kura will be the ‘lead applicant’ – they will submit the proposal and have overall responsibility for delivering the project.

Selection criteria

To participate in a Creatives in Schools project, you must be a practising professional artist or creative practitioner with a track record of experience and success. Alternatively, you can undertake a project in partnership with another creative with a strong track record.

A track record of experience and success means you have:

  • achieved recognition from peers or experts, OR
  • achieved a degree of critical success, OR
  • delivered a successful project with a school or kura, OR
  • undergone specialised training or have significant practical experience.

Police vetting

All professional artists and creative practitioners who participate in Creatives in Schools must undergo a police vetting check. The school or kura you are working with will organise the check and provide the vetting report before the project commences. If you do not ‘pass’ the vetting, your profile will be removed from Arts Online.

Information about vetting – New Zealand Police (external link)

Arts Online (external link)

For further information email:  CreativesinSchools@education.govt.nz 


For schools and kura

The Ministry of Education invites schools and kura throughout New Zealand to apply for funding to deliver a new creative project in partnership with a professional artist or creative practitioner.

As a school or kura, you will partner with a creative to plan a project and apply for funding for it. If your proposal is successful, you will then work with the creative to deliver the creative experience for students/ākonga.

You can select one or more creatives from the Arts Online website. Alternatively, you are welcome to propose a project involving a creative from your community who has not yet contacted the Ministry.

You will then also need to support the creative to submit an expression of interest as soon as possible.

Search creatives – Arts Online (external link)

Joint proposal form for school/kura and creative practitioner (external link)

Selection criteria

To be accepted as a Creatives in Schools project, your proposal must demonstrate:

  • a clear focus on improving the wellbeing of your students/ākonga
  • a strong focus on the key competencies of The New Zealand Curriculum or Ngā Uara me Ngā Waiaro of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa
  • how the project supports local curriculum/marau ā kura planning and your programme for the arts/ngā toi learning area
  • your capability and capacity to ensure strong support for the project
  • how the project connects with and is valued by whānau and the community.

Creatives in Schools schedule

The table shows the anticipated number of projects to be funded over the next four years. Note that:

  • 24 projects will be funded from January to June 2020
  • there are two funding rounds per calendar year (covering January to June and July to December)
  • schools or kura may start a project in terms 1, 2 or 3 each year
  • it is anticipated that, in total, 304 projects will be funded over four years up to 2023. 

 

January 2020–June 2020

July 2020–
June 2021

July 2021–
June 2022

July 2022–
June 2023

Expected number of projects

24

40

87

153

Rounds

1

2 & 3

4 & 5

6 & 7

Submitting a proposal

You can submit a joint proposal developed with a creative for a Creatives in School project. Your proposal will be reviewed and you will be informed if it has been successful or not.

Joint proposal form for school/kura and creative practitioner (external link)

Police vetting

All professional artists and creative practitioners who participate in Creatives in Schools must undergo a police vetting check. 

Information about vetting – New Zealand Police (external link)

As the school or kura leading the project, you must organise the check as part of your application process and provide the vetting report before the project commences. If the creative does not ‘pass’ the vetting, you must inform the Ministry of Education, who will remove the creative’s profile from Arts Online website.

Arts Online (external link)

Selection process

Your proposal will be reviewed by a selection panel with representatives from Creative New Zealand, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, and the Ministry of Education.

For further information, contact CreativesinSchools@education.govt.nz

News

Creatives in Schools applications being considered for round one (external link)

 

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