Using Welsh language, literature and culture, we would like to inspire our Reception and year 1 students, improve their oracy and PSDWBCD skills through performance, poetry and storytelling.


Using Welsh language, literature and culture, we would like to inspire our Reception and year 1 students, improve their oracy and PSDWBCD skills through performance, poetry and storytelling.

We are looking for an enthusiastic practitioner to engage our Reception/year 1 pupils and their teachers through an exciting creative learning project taking place in January, February and March 2019.

Griffithstown Primary School is an English medium Primary school near Pontypool, serving the communities of Griffithstown in Torfaen.   The school has around 400 pupils on role and is at the heart of its community.  The school is keen to encourage the creative environment to facilitate the development of the whole child.

We are looking for an inspiring creative project to improve oral language skills and creative confidence in relation to Curriculum Cymreig and the welsh language.  Through this project, we intend to develop the wellbeing aspect of PSDWBCD* area of learning.  We would like to explore elements of Welsh Culture, looking at performance, storytelling and poetry.  The project may revolve around the pupils being guided in creating, performing and improving their oral Welsh, although much of the work would be conducted in English.

This is just a starting point as an idea, and we welcome the responses of experienced practitioners in interpreting the brief creatively but realistically. Feel free to contribute multiple ideas and scenarios (if you wish), and do bear in mind the very young age of the pupils.  Practitioners should be familiar with working with children of such a young age (4, 5 and 6 year olds).

Who we are looking for:

A welsh speaker is a necessity.

Experience with very young children is essential.

A knowledge of education systems would be a benefit.

We are looking for practitioners who are collaborators, facilitators and enablers.

Someone who will build a supportive environment where participants feel empowered to learn new skills, experiment with new ideas and take the lead.

Someone who is keen to explore, reflect on and articulate learning approaches through the project and can help disseminate this to the school and its wider community.

We are keen to hear from practitioners with different arts practices and would like practitioners to propose a creative approach.

We are looking for someone who can co-plan with teachers in the setting and provide the creative planning for the sessions delivered.

Someone who is willing to source and prepare their own resources for each session from a budget provided.

Flexibility is key.

What we are offering:

Practitioners will be working with groups of children, from three mixed Reception/Year 1 classes. 

The work will take place between January 2018 and April 2018.  (Days to be confirmed and will be dependent on the direction of actual project)

£250 per day is available for this work.  Travel and expenses for resources are available and will be negotiated with the successful candidates.  However, the successful candidates will be expected to provide a lead on what will be needed, in our somewhat restricted facilities.

We welcome applications from groups of practitioners.

Further Requirements:

Successful candidates will be required to undergo a DBS check for working with children and vulnerable adults.

Arts Council Wales requires all practitioners delivering as part of the Lead Creative Schools Scheme to undertake two days of training. This will take place November 26th and 27th in Cardiff. The training days are not paid and will not be part of the contracted work.

Details and contacts:

Griffithstown Primary School

Florence Place Griffithstown


Creative Agent:  Coral Houtman






School Contacts:,


Closing Date: Thursday 20th September 2018.  Interview date: Thursday 4th October, 2018


To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to both Coral Houtman and Philippa Linton at the above email addresses.



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