ARTS & Culture

The Arts play a crucial role in enabling visual, kinaesthetic and expressive learners. 

They bring colour, magic and inspiration into the lives of our young people and teachers.

BEP are committed to increasing the engagement of the Arts, Culture and Creativity for all our young people and to also support schools in delivering a high quality provision that can contribute to School Improvement, teaching and learning, pupil attainment and Ofsted. We offer bespoke support to schools in order for them to enhance their provision, to offer curriculum balance, and to help them access the rich array of Independent Artists and Arts Organisations working in Birmingham and beyond. We are creating city-wide networks with major Arts Organisations for teachers across all phases of education to encourage peer support, to offer CPD opportunities and together with our partners, raise the awareness of our citywide commitment to the Arts and their place in Education.

Andrew Fox is BEP’s Arts and Culture School Improvement Lead and works through a mixture of funded outreach with our Priority schools and also through Traded work with schools across the city. 

His work focusses on supporting schools to build, maintain and develop their arts and cultural offer linking to school improvement and policy, curriculum review and development, teacher CPD, commissioning and recruitment for the Arts, and personal development and outcomes for young people through cultural learning.

Andrew conducts developmental, in-depth, cultural reviews with teachers across the ecosystem of a school, focussing on the curriculum and wider learning, the key art forms, cultural engagement, the school environment, resources, pedagogy, key stakeholders and school Improvement plans.

Andrew also leads on the BEP Associate Artist program – a team of independent professional artists available to work with Birmingham Schools.

Costs:

Andrew Fox £300 (+VAT) or £150 (+VAT) per half day.

BEP Associate Artists £250 (+VAT) per day including travel (not including materials)

Email: andrew.fox@bep.education

Alison Haynes is BEP’s Arts Engagement Coordinator funded by Arts Connect to:

  • manage and develop the city-wide Arts Teacher networks with education and art sector stakeholders
  • manage and build communications channels for teachers and schools around arts programs and opportunities
  • provide sector support and partnership brokering for organisations and independent artists

Email: alison.haynes@bep.education


If your school is interested in getting involved with the arts, BEP’s Arts Coordinator will offer an initial consultancy conversation with a relevant member of staff to identify areas for improvement. Each school will receive bespoke recommendations which will contribute towards promoting a broad and balanced curriculum, improved well-being and general learning environment within school.  Recommendations could include commissioning Artists, offering curriculum advice or joining up to the networks to meet the brilliant and creative teachers and artists in our city. This service is offered free of charge to all Birmingham Schools. 

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Ceramic Art at Braidwood

BEP Arts and Culture would like to extend a big thank you to Joanna Dawidowska, Ceramic Artist, for delivering a fantastic and inspiring workshop for GCSE Art Pupils at Braidwood School For The Deaf last month.

Joanna is one of our talented BEP Associate Artists who are available for targeted school improvement work, teacher CPD and creative and cultural learning workshops and projects. 

The full listings and comprehensive offer of our Artists will be launched in the Summer Term covering Illustration, comic art, 2D mixed media, sculpture and outdoor art, printmaking, fine art, mosaic, glass art, theatre, drama and playmaking, ballet, ceramics, contemporary dance, creative writing, poetry and performance poetry, fashion and textiles, trash and up-cycling, paper art, film making, photography, creative facilitation, sketchbooks and, journaling, display, puppetry, costume, set design, TV scriptwriting;

To book Joanna or to discuss working with any of our Associate Artists email Andrew on andrew.fox@bep.education 

 

Lordswood Girls School - STEAM PROJECT

The workshop was led by Vicky Wright from Making Faces Theatre in London, and was funded by The Paleontological Association. The pupils learnt drama, performance and science together to study evolution through movement, using the application of mask and animal movement in a very new innovative, and engaging way. The workshops have been placed in 2 other Secondaries and this is supporting the artist to trial, fund and develop further work.

 All of the girls were engaged throughout and we all learnt MUCH about evolution (including the staff). We targeted the workshop at science and drama students whom the teachers felt weren’t achieving to their potential.

Our Arts & Culture School Improvement Lead, Andrew Fox, recently supported these schools to commission and recruit an artist for their collaborative art project - it looks amazing! (Click to view the larger image)

To get your school involved in the Arts

Please contact Andrew Fox at andrew.fox@bep.education or Alison Haynes at alison.haynes@bep.education