Teach-Make: a teacher development project.
In partnership with The University of Warwick, Sheffield University and Highly Sprung.
Following evaluation of The Paul Hamlyn funded Imagineerium Initiative (2017-2020), we have been awarded funding from The Teacher Development Fund.
‘Teach-Make’, will support experienced teachers of Key Stage 2 (7-11 year olds) to develop arts-engineering hybrid schemes of work (SoWs). Teachers will develop their practice, as well as develop their knowledge base, in the arts and STEM subjects. The project will further collaborative work begun through The Imagineerium Initiative between schools in the city, artists and local engineering companies.
Working in small, cross school ensembles, teacher and imagineers will develop, over a year, a series of SoWs, and identify the resources needed to teach them. They will be supported by partners from local engineering companies. During development days, ensembles will deepen teacher and maker understandings into how making processes and techniques can motivate and facilitate learning. Development days will allow an intensity and focus whilst a series of twilight sessions, spread over a term will allow reflection in relation to trialling of ideas.
The project will use real-world problem-based learning, embed practitioner-inquiry methods and begin with the skills and experience of teachers. It will provide an extended period of collaboration and support from external engineering, technology and arts experts. The specific real-world project is the development of a series of hybrid arts-engineering 12-18 hour SoW for key stage 2.
The project is centred on schools’ expertise in teaching and learning, their understanding of what is manageable in the contemporary classroom, and their enthusiasm to develop educational experiences shaped by and rich with hybrid arts and stem interest for their pupils.
Partner engineering companies will contribute their engineering expertise and support the design of the physical teaching resources required. Further connections with such local providers, equipment, resources and funding towards the project are currently being negotiated.
TEACH MAKE begins in September 2020 and is currently being planned with more news to come shortly