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Schools Excellence Fund - Creative Clusters - Deadline for Applications Extended

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 (Education Support Centres Ireland, or ESCI) and funded through the Schools Excellence Fund – Creative Clusters Initiative.

Creative Clusters is an 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.

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 Co-Ordinator.

Kilkenny Education Centre will have a key role in identifying and supporting a Creative Cluster for this area.

Applications should be sent to the Centre. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 15th May 2020.

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

Creative Cluster applications will be assessed by the 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.

 Further details can be found on the Department of Education and Skills website.

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