Partner support sessions - work in Sheffield schools & adapting our practice

Create Sheffield

On the 24th June, Create Sheffield Partners met with Primary and Secondary teachers to discuss what is really happening in Sheffield schools in the context of Covid-19,  and how it might affect the arts, culture and creativity provision. The session aimed to identify ways in which the arts, culture and education sectors can support each other, and how we might stay connected with young people over the months ahead.  

The session revealed a desire from teachers to be able easily access and understand the kinds of creative opportunities available in Sheffield. In addition, schools would love for these opportunities and activities to do the following:

  • Support the mental and physical wellbeing of their students
  • Help re-build a sense of community in school
  • Support a 'recovery curriculum'

Many of the conversations circled around the challenges arts and cultural organisations will face with the limited access they have to schools, which are currently not able to invite external people inside their classrooms. 

Following the Partner support session with schools, Create Sheffield met again with its Partners and a few other brilliant cultural practitioners on the 29th July.  Create Sheffield wanted to celebrate all that we (Sheffield arts and cultural organisations) have learnt about making participatory work and connecting with our communities in lockdown. In addition, we wanted to help our Partners look forward to ways of working in this newly shaped future. 

We asked.. 

  • How have you changed your practice to respond to the Covid-19 situation? 
  • What innovation are you most proud of and why?
  • What has been successful enough to repeat?

Those that participated in the support session were inspired by the ideas and initiatives coming from our fantastic city under such difficult circumstances. Some were also a little concerned by their own lack of technical abilities in this digital age and shared how difficult it has been to earn meaningful income from online activity. There was also questions raised about how we as creative practitioners can protect our IP when sharing work online.

Create Sheffield will be sharing these initiatives in our Adaptation Series with schools and our audiences over the coming weeks and months, whilst also trying to help navigate some of the challenges arising from this new world we are working in. 

You can read what Tim from Greentop Circus and Angie from Ange Made Ceramics had to say about our work over lockdown as part of the Adaptation Series.