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Creative Clusters - Closing date May 10th

Schools Excellence Fund - Creative Clusters

Guidelines 2019

Creative Clusters is a pilot initiative of the Department of Education and Skills, led by and in partnership with the 21 full-time Teacher Education Centres (ATECI) and funded through the Schools Excellence Fund – Creative Clusters Initiative.

Creative Clusters is an important initiative of Creative Youth – A Plan to Enable the Creative Potential of Every Child and Young Person, which was published in December 2017 as part of the Creative Ireland Programme. The Creative Youth Plan aims to give every child practical access to tuition, experience and participation in art, music, drama and coding by 2022.

A Creative Cluster will typically consist of between three and five schools collaborating on the design, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of an innovative arts and creative learning project which supports them to address a common issue or challenge.

Each Creative Cluster will receive funding of €1,500 per school in a cluster for one year to implement their project in the 2019–2020 school year. It is anticipated that all schools in the cluster will have a say in how the budget is allocated and spent to support the implement of the project

In addition, paid substitution will be provided for the Regional Cluster Training event and two/three local cluster meetings.

How to Apply

Schools can apply as part of a cluster which may be an existing network of schools or a potential cluster.   Each cluster must nominate a lead school and a Creative Cluster Coordinator. Substitution costs to the equivalent of 1 day per term for the duration of the pilot project will be provided for the Lead School Creative Cluster Coordinator

The local Teacher Education Centre will have a key role in identifying and supporting a Creative Cluster for their local area.

Applications should be sent to the local full-time Teacher Education Centre (list at Appendix 1 of Guidelines document)

The closing date for receipt of applications is 10 May 2019.

The local Teacher Education Centre will then inform the identified cluster in their area. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified.

Criteria for selection of applicants:

Creative Cluster applications will be assessed by the Local Teacher Education Centre. Applications will be assessed and scored against the following criteria:

  • The rationale for the application
  • Benefits to teaching and learning
  • Capacity and commitment of all the schools in the cluster to participate
  • Children and Young Peoples Voice

Further details on the criteria are available in the Guidelines document.

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Summer Courses 2019 - Important Notice

Important notice

Before you finalise payment for your summer course, please note the following:

All our summer courses are booked on the condition that the course fee is non-refundable. Course Fees are not transferrable to another teacher or course. Unfortunately, if you wish to cancel your place on one of our courses or you are unable to attend the course, we are not in a position to refund fees. 

In the event that the minimum number of participants required do not apply then the Centre will be obliged to cancel the course and all monies will be refunded in full.

Terry O'Sullivan & Kate Kennelly launch "Call Out for Artists"

Announcing a wonderful opportunity for Artists (all art forms) to broaden their practice, receive training and project fees, develop creative partnerships with teachers, and transform the lives of children in every County in Ireland...

Use following link for more details:  "Call Out for Kerry Artists" - All Art Forms

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Kerry Schools create a Buzz with "Bee Creative"

Four Kerry schools are one of four recipients of the Arts in Education Portal Documentation Awards. Whilst taking part in the 2018/2019 Teacher and Artist Partnership CPD Summer Course & Residency Programme, Firies N.S, Killahan N.S, Dromclough N.S and Lenamore N.S applied for the Creative Clusters initiative. Their subsequent project, ‘Bee Creative’ exemplified two Arts in Education initiatives. The show created somewhat of a buzz in the national folk theatre, Siamsa Tíre on 3rd April 2019. Creativity and learning blossomed with wonderful colourful props, visuals, poetry, dancing and acting. Congratulations to all the teachers and especially the 94 children involved who portrayed the importance of bees in our world through the various art forms.  For more see: 

Kerry Schools Create a Buzz with Bee Creative     Arts in Education Portal Announcement

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