Teacher-Artist Partnership (TAP)
Teacher-Artist Partnership 2021 (TAP) CPD
Following participation on the TAP summer course, Teachers are eligible to apply for an Artist in Residence with a TAP trained Artist in the teachers school. TAP Residencies take place between October and March of the following school year. Pre-Covid, each Education Centre could award up to eight (8) face-to-face residencies to participating schools. However, in 2021, following the TAP Online summer course, 114 Teachers nationwide applied for a residency via an embedded Survey Monkey link on the E-Learn Tralee Moodle platform. Forty-four (44) newly trained TAP Artists completed the TAP Online Summer Course and are therefore eligible to take part in the TAP Residency programme. All TAP 2021 Online data was returned to the National Arts in Education Office where Teacher and Artist data were filtered by region and allocated to the ESCI network for matching Teacher and Artist pairs for school residency purposes.
Teacher-Artist Partnership (TAP) is a unique Department of Education and Skills initiative which commenced on a pilot basis in 2014/15 in response to the objectives outlined in the Arts in Education Charter. This initiative is guided by the principles expressed in the Arts in Education Charter (2012) and Pillar 1 (Creative Youth) of the Creative Ireland Programme (2017–2022).
Nurturing the abilities and commitment of artists and teachers for the promotion of arts-in-education is a central concern of the Arts in Education Charter. One of its major initiatives in this regard was the design and implementation of a pilot teacher-artist CPD Partnership Summer Course. Part of supporting schools in the provision of high quality arts education for children, this pilot arts in education initiative was Association of Teacher Education Centre of Ireland (ATECI) led, in partnership with the Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht (DCHG), Encountering the Arts Ireland (ETAI) and the Association for Creativity in Arts Education (ACAE). The initiative is administered by the Education Centre, Tralee. This innovative teacher-artist CPD programme was aimed at developing a model of arts in education CPD for teachers which could be used as a template for the future.
The Pilot Project was researched and the Research Report on this Pilot initiative was launched by both the Minister for Education and Skills and the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in March 2016 and has been published (available on here).
Teacher-Artist Partnership CPD Summer Course & Residency Programme is now mainstreamed and consists of free DES approved (EPV days) Summer Courses operating in each of the 21 full-time Education Centres in Ireland in either July or August each year. Each Course will have 20 primary teachers and 4 professional artists participating. It will be delivered by a trained and experienced Teacher Artist Facilitator Pair. The initiative includes funded Artist in Residency opportunities in which participating teachers and artists work together in collaboration in the School during the following academic year.
Each Education Centre is directed by the National Arts in Education office to advertise a Call-Out for Artists. The Call-Out for Artists is coordinated in conjunction with the Local Authority Arts Officers. Four Artists are recruited to participate in each of the TAP summer courses in all 21 full-time Education Centres. For example; the 2019 TAP face-to-face Summer Courses experienced a sharp increase in participant figures. A total of twenty (20) ESCI full-time Education Centres ran the course with a total of 258 Teachers and 80 participating Artists. A typical Face-to-Face TAP Summer Course comprises a maximum of 20 Teacher Participants and four (4) participating Artists along with one (1) lead Teacher Facilitator and one (1) lead Artist Facilitator (combined to become a Teacher Artist Pair).
Teacher-Artist Partnership (TAP) for Supporting & Enhancing
Arts in Education in Ireland (Primary Schools Initiative)
Schools involved in 2020/2021 were:
- John of God P.S., The Faythe, Wexford Town – Artist Brigid Teehnan
- Bunscoil Loreto Gorey 6th Class – Artist Ellis O’Toole
- Bunscoil Loreto Gorey SET Class – Artist Mary Keane
- Cushinstown N.S. – Artist Lani O’Hanlon
- St Josephs BNS Carlow - Artist Caroline Busher
Schools involved in 2019 / 2020 were:
- Scoil Naomh Treasa, Gorey -Artist Joe Brennan
- Gaelscoil Moshiolog, Gorey -Artist Caroline Busher
- Scoil Fhoirtcheirn , Myshall - Artist Caroline Busher
- St Joseph's NS, Ballymitty - Artist David Begley
- Scoil Mhaodhoig, Polfur -Artist Joe Brennan
- Mercy School , Wexford Town - Artist Caroline Busher
- St Fintans NS , Mayglass - Artist Joe Brennan
- Scoil Naomh Maodhog, Ferns - Artist Caroline Busher
Please see examples of the wonderful work been done in our local schools on the Arts in Education Portal Access the TAP Website, please click here