The CWLE project is designed as a follow-on project to extend the legacy of the Arts and Humanities Research Council large grant Researching multi-lingually at the borders of language, the law, the body and the state. CWLE focuses on primary and secondary schools in England, in particular, schools receiving children new to English and newly arrived in the UK. The focus on schools thereby brings findings from the large grant to a new set of users: children and school-based staff. The outcomes of the large grant were contextualised understandings of the potential for intertwined roles of language and the arts in human lived experiences of pain and pressure in a world of migration. The CWLE project will build upon the understandings, generated in a diversity of modes (e.g. dance, visual representation, musical performance, poetry, drama, etc.) through a series of “Learn and Share” workshops. These workshops, designed for primary and secondary school teachers in England (although the products/outputs will be applicable more widely than this specific region) which will serve to: exchange skills and techniques between practitioners for working with arts-based methods and generate products and techniques (based within music, poetry, drama and visual arts) which can be shared within and across schools.
Disseminate techniques for using arts-based methods for creating welcoming learning environments
Exchange skills and techniques between practitioners for working with arts-based approaches
Generate products and techniques (based within music, poetry and visual arts) which can be shared within and across schools
The CWLE objective
The project will operate on a co-operative model of learning between artists and school-based teachers. The main aim is to generate a set of tried and tested practical ways in which learning in school can be further informed by arts-based practices in a way which opens it out to all learners and, in particular, those who are new to, or in the process of, developing their English language skills.