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'Achieving Resilience through Play and Drama' (ARTPAD)
September 2015 - August 2018

Working with 4 partner countries from Europe, Leonie Burton, Sue Colverd, Kelly Conibere and Karen Benjamin will begin work on a 3 year ERASMUS plus bid of €376,000 called 'Achieving Resilience through Play and Drama'. 'ARTPAD'

Student motivation and engagement is a vital component in reducing school drop-out, which is identified as one of the key targets of the EU growth strategy for 2010-20. 

ARTPAD aims to support the engagement and resilience of participants from disadvantaged backgrounds in formal and non-formal education to help prevent early school leaving. The five project partners will work co-operatively to disseminate, develop and extend the expertise and international reach of their practice.   The programme will cover 3 complimentary aspects:

  1. Understanding resilience and children's development and behaviour through play.
  2. Drama techniques for engagement with learning
  3. Drama and play to build social understanding and behaviour

ARTPAD will:

  1. Enable understanding between partners and to identify best practice in their delivery of drama techniques and children's play facilitation.
  2. Create learning resources to inform, inspire and enable leaders of schools and youth projects to deliver the above practice and training for educators.
  3. Place emphasis on developing the practice for disadvantaged children and young people to aid the building of resilience and engagement for learning.

Results include:  

  1. A Best Practice guide utilising the expertise of all partners, detailing existing best practice in regards to play and drama techniques for the building of resilience in participants in schools and youth settings (Austria lead). 
  2. A certificated course for teachers/ youth workers in drama techniques and play facilitation to support engagement with learning, resilience and behaviour (Poland lead). 
  3. An evaluation report with recommendations for lobbying and to influence of policy (UK lead). 
  4. Delivery of the training detailed above via staff and student training and exchange of best practice ideas (Germany lead). 

Dissemination (Hungary lead) of the project via:

  • Communication during the developmental process of the project through visits and social media and the web.
  • Localised dissemination through events with stakeholders.
  • An end of project conference, as well as day to day project communication

The expected impact on the educators participating in the pilots is that they will have an improved understanding and skills in drama and play techniques and their application within their work. The aim is to give them tools to support participants from disadvantaged backgrounds in engagement in formal and non-formal education.

This will ultimately enable them to perform at a higher level in their teaching through gaining greater knowledge and confidence to maximise the potential offered by drama and play for learning both inside and outside the classroom, thereby improving the whole-school environment for pupils. Longer term, the project will generate insights into educational delivery and learning environments. The impact for institutions and teachers is that the project will lead to better, more efficacious learning opportunities for children and young people.

As the project gets underway a new website, facebook and twitter page will be established to share findings and dissemination activity. Keep an eye out for mre details shortly!

 

         

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