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Monday, 30 June 2014

Completing the academic year

The academic year has now moved onto the summer study period, incredible!

It has been the busiest period for me that I can remember. The BAPP Arts programme have had another good year with people studying and gaining their BA Honours.

I am looking forward to graduation - and seeing people's families as they  - people work very hard on this course!!!

There have been a number of changes. I seem to be going to a lot of leaving parties for the university. I will be in a new office from the 1st of August.

Looking forward:  I need to get the new handbooks up - Adesola and I are talking about this. I have four conferences coming about learning. I have some summer research to do about BAPP Arts and write up another article that I started last year…

I wish everyone well!!! and hope to post more during the summer.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Oral Presentations - past links - looking forward

Oral presentations - what to expect

You are presenting to peers as well as tutors - talk about your inquiry and your achievements - give us some detail but also update us on where you are now… has your inquiry work made a difference? to you? to others?

Prezi or Powerpoint can help guide you - or speak to the audience in a different way - be inventive? - Georgie wrote us all a song! You may want to show a bit of your artefact. This is you talking about your work...

Here are some past blog links - I will try to add more blogs about presenting - but think 1. summary form 2. making a good show - we are excited about your work as an audience so we are all an enthusiastic crowd (applause!).

There might be some other examples out there on the blogs

Here are those links on my past blogs;postID=1999106152597775507;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=7;src=postname;postID=3613872511692696302;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=8;src=postname

There might be some other examples out there on the blogs

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Topic that people choose are meaningful e.g. arts in schools -- what is going on now?

The topics that people choose to do for their inquiries are often related to 'hot' issues that they find in the workplace…

Before the Easter break I had a talk with Thulani about his final professional inquiry looking into introducing more arts in how work with primary children in schools. His was talking about policy…it is due to change for art and design.

An article form the Guardian started me off this morning after this discussion... about the importance of arts in schools.

Right now it is unclear what the changes will be but Thulani said this year schools have been able to disapply from the art subject area.

10. We want to ensure that schools are able to prepare for a smooth transition to the new national curriculum which will be introduced from September 2014. Disapplication of the current national curriculum in this way means that schools will still be required to teach the statutory subjects but will not have to follow the centrally prescribed programmes of study (and associated attainment targets and assessment arrangements) from September 2013. They can choose to continue teaching the current programmes of study if they wish but will have the freedom to use the flexibility that disapplication offers to plan and prepare for the introduction of the new programmes of study from September 2014. 

So what is the new curriculum going to be?
I found this from the Arts Council

p. 7 

The arts (comprising art and design, music, dance, drama and media arts), design and technology, the humanities (comprising geography and history) and modern foreign language are not compulsory National Curriculum subjects after the age of 14, but all pupils in maintained schools have a statutory entitlement to be able to study a subject in each of those four areas. 

p. 8 The statutory requirements in relation to the entitlement areas are: 
•Schools must provide access to a minimum of one course in each of the four entitlement areas (arts, design and tech, humanities, languages) 
•Schools must provide the opportunity for pupils to take a course in all four areas, should they wish to do so 
•A course that meets the entitlement requirements must give pupils the opportunity to obtain an approved qualification. 

p. 17 Arts subjects within the National Curriculum 
•There is no guidance on Drama and Dance as stand alone subjects or Film or Creative digital media – but these will continue to be offered as GCSEs and will be revised alongside all GCSEs from 2015 
•Schools can continue to offer these subjects – but this is not required – it’s about how schools choose to define their offer within the entitlement areas 
•Dance is mentioned in the PE curriculum and drama is part of the English curriculum 

Can anyone help me understand this better? I think there are some informative final inquires coming up...

Art and design curriculum has been in...

Art and Design is on page 176 for the National Curriculum for Primary… physical education is on page 198.

I found this blog as comment on the National Society for Education in Art & Design (NSEAD)


Also found this

The National Association of Professional Teaching Assistants (NAPTA) is a membership organisation that works with schools and other education settings to realise the potential of support staff, whatever their role. It provides its members with a range of specialist services to help individuals develop as professionals and to deliver whole-school improvement.