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Fund established to connect primary schools with arts organisations

Teacher Development Fund pilot project with the Royal Shakespeare Company and IVE Teacher Development Fund pilot project with the Royal Shakespeare Company and IVE
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A new fund of up to £750,000 a year has been launched to help primary school teachers use the arts in education.

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Teacher Development Fund aims to support teachers in developing the skills, knowledge and confidence to “embed learning through the arts in the curriculum”.

Two-year-long partnerships between schools and arts organisations will be supported, with grants of up to £150,000 awarded to approximately five projects a year – depending on the applications received.

The foundation will prioritise applications that support disadvantaged children and those demonstrating collaboration to create new content.

A pilot project involving the Royal Shakespeare Company and social enterprise organisation IVE took place in 2015, in which they worked with schools to use rehearsal room approaches to teach Shakespeare at primary level.

Catherine Sutton, senior grants manager at PHF, said: “After three years of research, development and piloting, we’re delighted to launch the Teacher Development Fund.

“By funding schools to partner with cultural organisations, TDF will enable teachers to gain access to high-quality continuing professional development and learning from artist practitioners and allow schools and arts organisations to work collaboratively in order to embed arts-based learning in the primary curriculum.”

Applications for the Teacher Development Fund will run each year, with the deadline for 2018 applications on March 23. The fund will run indefinitely.