Teacher-Artist Partnership (TAP) CPD Summer Course & Residency Programme
The Teacher-Artist Partnership (TAP) CPD Summer Course & Residency programme is a fully funded DoE approved Arts in Education initiative with EPV day approval under the Creative Ireland & Creative Youth Programmes. The TAP initiative commenced with a core group of Teachers and Artists in 2015. Today, we have a fully trained and experienced panel of Teacher and Artist Lead Facilitators who are ready to deliver to the entire 21 full-time ESCI network.
In previous years, pre-COVID 19, during the week-long summer course, TAP offers Primary School Teachers an opportunity to explore their own creativity through the various art forms. Collaboration is key. Teachers train to work in partnership with a wide variety of Artists in areas such as the visual arts, textiles, ceramics, photography, writing, poetry, dance, and much more. The programmes empower teachers to work through the integration of the arts in education and assists teachers and artists to work in partnership in Primary classrooms in enhancing the creative potential of every child.
Teachers can register to participate in TAP via their individual Education Centre websites. Each Education Centre is guided by the Arts in Education office to advertise a Call-Out for Artists. The Call-Out for Artists is coordinated in conjunction with the Local Authority Arts Officers. Four Artists are recruited to participate in each of the TAP summer courses in all 21 full-time Education Centres. For example; the 2019 TAP face-to-face Summer Courses experienced a sharp increase in participant figures. A total of twenty (20) ESCI full-time Education Centres ran the course with a total of 258 Teachers and 80 participating Artists. A typical TAP Summer Course comprises a maximum of 20 Teacher Participants and four (4) participating Artists along with one (1) lead Teacher Facilitator and one (1) lead Artist Facilitator (Teacher Artist Pair).
Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the TAP Summer Course was approved as a F2F Summer Course and was also approved by the Department of Education (via Drumcondra) as an Online TAP Course. In 2020 TAP Online was successfully and creatively delivered nationally by a core TAP Design Team using a Moodle platform managed and hosted by Mayo Education Centre. One F2F TAP course was delivered in Kilkenny EC. In relation to what’s happening in 2021 to TAP Summer Courses, decisions will be made based on Government advice prevailing at the time. Education Centres will be notified well in advance.
Following participation on the TAP summer course, Teachers are eligible to apply for an Artist in Residence with a TAP trained Artist. Pre-Covid, each Education Centre could award up to eight (8) face-to-face residencies to participating schools. However, in 2020, following the TAP Online summer course, 150 Teachers applied for a residency via an embedded Survey Monkey link on the Moodle course. 105 previously trained TAP Artists completed the Online Call-Out to take part in Residencies. All TAP 2020 Online data was returned to the National Arts in Education Office where Teacher and Artist data were filtered by region and allocated to the ESCI network for matching Teacher and Artist pairs for school residency purposes.
The grant for TAP residencies in the 20/21 academic year was increased from €1,000 to €2000 per Residency/Artist due to enhanced July Stimulus funding secured from Creative Ireland (2020 year only). Each TAP Residency may be able to be delivered in a face-to-face engagement, however, this cannot be guaranteed and will have to be decided upon by each school in question in line with national guidelines prevailing at the time. TAP remote residencies can take place in the 20/21 academic year and detailed Residency Guidelines for Remote Residencies have been provided to each Education Centre to be disbursed to participating Teachers, Schools and Artists. Owing to the once-off July stimulus funding, each residency opportunity has now been increased from 20 to 30 hours. There are six (6) planning, preparation & reporting time hours and twenty-four (24) hours contact time. Remote and any face-to-face residencies must include Digital Recordings in their final Joint Teacher/Artist report.