Creative Arts Small Group SRE Project - Meeting the Needs of All Children & Young People

A creative and participatory arts organisation, The Cultural Sisters, has established a creative arts SRE project that can be used with small groups working towards ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) or similar qualifications. The Cultural Sisters project is able to draw on their youthwork and creative arts skills as well as competence in SRE gained through attending local training. The project was originally developed though a partnership between Walsall Council Creative Development Team and Walsall Teenage Pregnancy Team. It has recently been commissioned, by NHS Stoke-on-Trent Health Improvement Team, to run the project with small groups of Year 9 and 10 pupils at two high schools in wards with high rates of teenage pregnancy.

The pupils involved were established groups working towards ASDAN awards. Over a period of weeks, artists from the Cultural Sisters introduced a range of creative arts techniques including making banners, sculptures and puppets, and printing. The creative media provided a talking point that made it easy to weave in SRE topics and explore them informally. The small group size made it possible to build trusting relationships and to focus on self-esteem and confidence. Pupils were asked to score how they felt each week and, finally, to review their portfolio and personal progress during a one-to-one session with the artists. Improvements in their attendance and behaviour at school were noticed after the project.

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