Whitehawk schoolchildren to give lesson to European government minister

Posted On 21 Sep 2010 at 12:50 pm

Whitehawk Pirmary School is hosting a visit by the Minister of Education and Science from Latvia.

The minister, Professor Tatjana Koke, is coming to the Brighton school to see the way creative learning is being used to inspire the children there.

The school is one of 19 in Brighton and Hove to work with England’s flagship creative learning programme, Creative Partnerships.

The programme fosters innovative long-term partnerships between schools and creative professionals aimed at inspiring creative approaches to teaching and learning in schools.

Whitehawk Primary School worked with artist Sharon Mee, of local charity Same Sky, on developing play skills with Year 1 boys to improve behaviour.

In one project the children teamed up with Year 5 pupils to devise new games and stories featuring a life-size puppet “silver boy”.

Teachers reported a direct impact on children’s behaviour and openness to learning.

The children, now in Year 2, are play leaders and mentors for younger children.

Councillor Vanessa Brown, Brighton and Hove City Council cabinet member for children and young people, said: “A creative approach in helping to improve boys’ behaviour has successfully benefited the whole school.

“I am delighted that innovative work in schools in our city will assist our European counterparts to improve learning there.”

Whitehawk Primary School head teacher Daniel Weiner said: “It’s an honour for everyone involved to host this visit so that the minister can see first-hand how creative learning is helping our children.

“The challenge is to provide a whole range of support, not just academic development.”

The visit is due to take place at the school, in Whitehawk Road, tomorrow afternoon.

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