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'Achieving Resilience through Play and Drama'
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
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
- Understanding resilience and children's development and
behaviour through play.
- Drama techniques for engagement with learning
- Drama and play to build social understanding and
- Enable understanding between partners and to identify best
practice in their delivery of drama techniques and children's play
- Create learning resources to inform, inspire and enable leaders
of schools and youth projects to deliver the above practice and
training for educators.
- Place emphasis on developing the practice for disadvantaged
children and young people to aid the building of resilience and
engagement for learning.
- 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).
- A certificated course for teachers/ youth workers in drama
techniques and play facilitation to support engagement with
learning, resilience and behaviour (Poland lead).
- An evaluation report with recommendations for lobbying and to
influence of policy (UK lead).
- Delivery of the training detailed above via staff and student
training and exchange of best practice ideas (Germany
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
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
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!