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The Write Book teacher toolkit -free resource for primary teachers

The Write Book teacher toolkit for creative writing is now online here!

This is a free set of resources for primary school teachers including interactive film workshops with top children’s authors and personalised writing tools and audits to help you plan an inspiring writing project using a high quality children’s book as a focus. There’s also The Writers’ Book, a free-to-download guide to using six fantastic contemporary children’s books in the classroom to inspire writing.

The Write Book toolkit also includes case studies from primary schools that have run brilliantly creative writing projects in their schools based on books as varied as Gulliver’s Travels and Neil Gaiman’s The Wolves in the Walls; Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space to the Dr Who Character Encyclopedia and much more. You can find the best children’s books using Book Trust’s online bookfinder and read the project evaluation to find out just how successful the project has been in inspiring EAL children and reluctant readers and writers to play with words and love stories.

Please let us know how you use the resources here – or please share them with your colleagues.  What is The Write Book for your school?

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Film from The Young Ambassadors in Cornwall’s Museums project

The Young Ambassadors in Cornwall’s Museums project was funded by the HLF Young Roots programme and Cornwall Council to support the development of 3 groups of young people (from Bodmin College, Roseland Community College and Treviglas Community College) acting as young ambassadors for 3 different museums: Cornwall Regimental Museum; Fowey Museum and Perranzabuloe Museum.

You can watch the evaluation film here: – password: goldentree

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Artspass, the new community website from HFC Arts Development

We are pleased to begin 2015 by announcing the launch of Artspass, the new community website which will allow you to keep up to date with all that’s happening in the region’s arts sector – as well as post and share details of all your upcoming opportunities and events. We hope you find this shared resource for arts professionals and practitioners an invaluable asset.

What you will see now is the first phase of the website development and requires your interaction to allow it to grow into the ‘go to’ site for all local arts news. The second phase will expand the options further and will include a blog facility and events diary. Do let us know what you think as all feedback will be much appreciated and will allow us to fine tune the options so it best meets everyone’s needs.

To get started, we have already posted up all the current newsletter items, but now it’s up to you to build your profile by posting your own content.  All you need to do to begin is sign up HERE

Once everyone has had chance to register on Artspass, next week will see the launch of a new format newsletter. This will be designed to complement the new website, allowing for a more streamlined presentation.

So please do not delay, sign up and get started now.

HFC Arts Development Team

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MAZED TALES – A website collection of over 50 folk tales from South East Cornwall

Animations of 12tales at present on website but soon available on an app, voiced by WillColeman,music by Mike O’Connor, produced by Denzil Monk, written by Anna Chorlton Covers Mining..Copper for Cake, Moorland Farming ..Piskey Led and fishing Seaton Mermaid Ideal resource for storytelling and Cornish culture.
Prepare to be aMazed

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New Choreographic Resource from Wayne McGregor – Random Dance

Mind and Movement is a brand new choreographic resource for teachers, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

The resource is based around the Choreographic Thinking Tools that have emerged from Wayne McGregor’s methods in the studio and which are grounded in a decade of collaborative research with cognitive scientists. This research focuses on the way that McGregor collaborates with his dancers in the creation of movement material for his performance works. Mind and Movement is the first time these Choreographic Thinking Tools have been re-purposed into a practical resource for use in a creative learning context.

“An innovative choreographic resource that enables the learner to explore and expand their thinking behind movement” – Andrea Davis, Head of Dance at The BRIT School.

Mind and Movement is based around a set of twelve principles and includes a teachers’ guide, five lesson plans, tasks for developing and structuring movement material, a display poster, information cards on Wayne McGregor | Random Dance productions and questions to encourage reflection on the creative process.

Mind and Movement is intended to be used mainly by secondary school teachers, but will be valuable for teachers, students and practitioners of almost any age and level, from younger children to university students and practicing choreographers. The easy to follow lesson plans ensure its relevance to a range of teachers from those with little or no previous dance experience through to specialist teachers working with GCSE, BTEC and A Level students.

“The most useful thing about the resource is that it helps me, as a non dance specialist , to think creatively” – Genie Ward, Broomfield School

For more information please have a look at our webpage which also includes information on the supporting workshop programme:

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Resource pack for dance teachers- Nobulus‏

‘Hot off the press’ Resource Pack for the Out of The Shadow tour by Nobulus, performing at your local DTP venue in Autumn 2013.

The FREE Out of the Shadow resource pack is available to teachers and students to download here – this pack will be of particular interest to teachers and students studying dance at GCSE / A Level / BTEC level or anyone looking at sourcing information around a dance company as part of their Arts Award.

Kate Scanlan, DTP’s Education Consultant has worked with the Director and Choreographer Alexander Wengler from Nobulus to create a comprehensive and accessible resource guide with interviews, background information, a brief history of hip hop, a glossary, links and suggestions for creative movement tasks.

We have also broken the pack down so that you can easily download the pack by sections if you wish to focus on one particular area.

We are always keen to receive feedback, so please do let us know how useful this pack is to you and whether there are any topics or areas of work you would like to see in future packs. Please send your comments and suggestions to

The episodes to be released are as follows:

FULL VERSION – Nobulus Resource Pack 1d (available today)
PART 3 – ACT 1
PART 4 – ACT 2
PART 5 – ACT 3

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Literature Works

LW Logo LowVis ColourLiterature Works is the strategic literature development charity for South West England. We are a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.

Literature Works’ role is to fundraise for the Grassroots Literature Fund, a grant scheme providing small awards for literature activity across the region, and where possible to secure funding for larger regional projects with delivery partners.

We also provide a central resource for literature in the South West region and support the wider literature sector through large scale research and evaluation.

Our mission is to support, understand and advocate for our regional literature sector in all its contexts, for everyone, for all ages, and that sector’s place, growth, relevance and value in a national and international literature development future.

You can find out more by visiting, and signing up to our newsletter.


Peninsula Arts
Plymouth University
Roland Levinsky Building
Drake Circus

T:01752 585073

Twitter: @LitWorks

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Contemporary Art Resource for Schools

Jamie Rogers, Teacher of Art and Photography has created so that teachers and students can gain easy access to the work of contemporary artists around the world.

It is basically a massive collection of contemporary artists. Jamie mainly uses it with his over 15 students (they search for their own artists using the site) and to help get inspiration for Schemes of Work for all years. Jamie wants to share this resource very widely to ensure the place of conceptual art in the classroom.

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Young Poets Network

Anyone interested in writing any kind of poetry, reading poetry, trying something new or just finding out a bit more can have a browse around the site at We have articles and workshops that will spark off new ideas, and inspire you to write new poems and enter our regular challenges – these often have prizes!

Hope to see you online soon – follow us on Twitter @youngpoetsnet and like us on Facebook

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Nowhere Island – Resources for schools

Nowhereisland, one of this year’s most ambitious art projects is a floating island sculpture by artist Alex Hartley.   The island is made from material originating from a newly revealed island in the Arctic. Alex was the first person to stand on this territory and, with permission, brought the material back to the UK to make the artwork. During the journey to the UK,
Nowhereisland was declared a new nation with citizenship open to all. This summer it will arrive in Weymouth, accompanied by an online mobile museum The Embassy, for the opening of the Olympic and Paralympic Games on 25th July 2012.

Resources for schools include an animation made by KS1 and KS2 pupils, open citizenship, conversation starters and images, a competition (see details here), summary sheets of key themes and ideas for classroom activities and a logbook of the expedition.

For more information go to: now

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