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Cardiff Met student art teachers celebrate picture perfect primary school collaboration


(L-R) Cardiff Met PGCE Art students, Abi Bryant, Rhianedd Davies and Hannah Kopec alongside Paul Herrington, Nick Batchelar and Rob Griffin.

​Cardiff council's director of education has praised Cardiff Metropolitan University's School of Education for forging an arts partnership with primary schools across the capital.

Nick Batchelar invited two of the primary schools involved in the university's long-standing Artists in Residence programme to view their own art, which is currently on display at the council's County Hall.

The exhibition within the foyer area there is part of a larger collection exhibiting at Cardiff School of Education at Cardiff Met's Cyncoed campus.

Both collections are the culmination of four days of practical placements for trainee PGCE Art & Design secondary school teachers within primary schools across the city, the Vale of Glamorgan and at Heronsbridge School in Bridgend.

The innovative residency scheme has been running in partnership with local schools for over twenty five years, and has been recognised by Estyn and the Higher Education Funding Council.

At Monday's visit from Ysgol Pencae in Llandaff and Christ the King Primary School in Llanishen, Mr Batchelar said: "You can all be really proud of your work here. We all want great teachers like these students from Cardiff Metropolitan University, who I hope are going to become excellent teachers in Cardiff schools.

"We very much appreciate how the university has worked with us to set this up. The scheme has become a symbol of working together to get the best possible education for Cardiff Metropolitan University students as well as younger children coming up through school. It helps ensure that they have a great education here in Cardiff."

Paul Herrington, Principal Lecturer and Head of the Department of Teacher Education and Training at Cardiff Met welcomed the visiting school children as the morning's 'VIPs', saying: "I was 19 before I had my first public exhibition and you have already had two public exhibitions – one at Cardiff Metropolitan University and another here at County Hall, this very busy building, where all the important decision-making for Cardiff is made.

"Your work is fantastic, and it is a real delight to be here to thank you for taking part in the scheme."

Hannah Kopek, Rhianedd Davies and Abi Bryant represented Cardiff Met PGCE Art & Design students and hosted the schoolchildren from the schools they visited.

The other 10 schools to participate in this year's Artist in Residence scheme were St Mary's Catholic Primary School; Ysgol Gynradd Coed Glas; Oakfield Primary School; Tredegarville Church in Wales Primary School; The Hollies Special School; Willowbrook Primary School; Heronsbridge School in Bridgend and Romilly Primary School; All Saints Church in Wales Primary School and Barry Island Primary Schools in Barry.

Cardiff Met's Pathway Leader for Art and Design, Robert Griffin, added: "The Artists in Residence scheme is a celebration of creativity at its very best as it showcases the talents of our young learners in Cardiff Primary schools under the guidance and teaching of our creative trainees, who will eventually graduate and pursue careers as art teachers in secondary schools.

"The schools taking part accepts a trainee art student teacher for four consecutive days over a four week period and also nominates a teacher-tutor with a specific interest in art and design to oversee and assist the students and to liaise with the visiting tutors from the university.

"The schools provide studios or working spaces which are readily available to the learners, ranging from classrooms, the school foyer, a converted classroom and open-plan spaces. We are delighted with the outcome again this year."