Following the successful 2019 pilot year the Newham Enrichment offer has continued to provide a wide variety of cultural opportunities to Newham children and young people. This is in line with the Mayor of Newham Rokhsana Fiaz’s vision for children and young people to experience diversity and culture and discover and develop creativity.
‘It has been heartening to see how schools’ music programmes and the smaller enrichment projects have adapted to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, and delivered their inspiring, culturally rich programmes virtually. The young people’s enthusiasm and commitment as they work together, supporting and encouraging each other in this exciting new medium, has been a joy to watch. The advantages of this new form of presentation offer interesting and positive opportunities for later.’ - Councillor Jane Lofthouse, Deputy Cabinet Member for Education
Enrichment Music Offer
From September 2020 91 schools are receiving Enrichment music funding with children from nursery to 6th form participating music activities. During the Summer term schools responded positively to the challenges brought by COVID, many schools were able to make adaptions to allow their Enrichment funded music activities to continue
Other Enrichment Projects Taking Place
As well as Music the Enrichment offer is continuing to fund a wide range of creative opportunities. Current projects include dance, visual arts, filmmaking, and creative writing. Projects have successfully adapted to the COVID situation and are providing exciting activities through alternative safe delivery models.
Chess in Schools – Is a three way partnership between Chess in Schools and Communities schools and the Enrichment Programme, the project is continuing to deliver chess tuition within participating schools.
Art Matters: Art Matters have reshaped their project and are offering a series of free online “Art & Design Educators Workshops” for school staff, to support art & design teaching practices.
Magpie Dancing Project : Will be providing their dance intervention workshops on line.
Rosetta Art Project: The ART STARS! Saturday art classes have moved online. Video and online resources are also available on their website , a wider cohort of children are able to benefit from access to a range of weekly tutorial materials and videos.
East London Dance: East London Dance have adapted their “On the Move” face-to-face delivery model to online classes (via Zoom). They have also began delivering a series of boys only dance classes.
Eastside Community Heritage Project: Have successfully adapted their STEM project to engage girls in women’s underrepresentation in (science, technology, engineering and maths) to online delivery.
Otherwise Education: Have adapted their “writes of passage” project to a virtual offer replacing live sessions with carefully curated creative writing workshops on YouTube, and a live editing session for schools via ZOOM.