We held our first meeting of the Creative Arts and Education Group.
As has become a pattern for first meetings it was more of a conversation about what people thought should be the purpose of the group.
The essential focus of the group is to enable us to give some shape and consistency to the wide variety of creative arts for young people in East Lothian. We talked about entitlements for children and how we might link school based activities with out of school activities.
Our next meeting will try to emulate the 3-18 strategic Learning and Teaching group by extending its membership to create a “tartan” with horizontal and vertical connections which will also include parents and pupils. The more I think about this there is definitely something in having much larger groups than has been the conventional approach. I think the key is to make the group part of the process i.e. to create a dynamic itself by engaging a large number of people – such meetings become workshops and creative opportunities, rather than staid mechanisms only there to fulfil bureaucratic functions.
Our next meeting, which will have over 25 people in attendance, will consider our purpose and the approach we wish to take towards the development of the creative arts and education. We intend to evolve our strategy as opposed to go for any “big bang”.