We want to empower a network of schools to devise and deliver innovative and creative projects that explore the key themes of Cynefin: Black, Asian and minority ethnic Wales.

What we're looking for

We are inviting schools from across Wales to be a part of our new creative learning offer that will connect schools with inspirational Creative Practitioners. Where possible, we hope to work with Creative Practitioners from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds to add authenticity to this work.

Through this offer we aim to ensure that teachers and learners in Wales will have the opportunity to: 

  • Explore the history and development of Wales as a multicultural society  
  • Explore the diverse experiences and contributions of Black, Asian and minority ethnic peoples in Wales, past and present 
  • Work alongside Creative Practitioners in a learning environment to enhance the quality of teaching and learning
  • Support schools in preparation for Curriculum for Wales 2022


Cynefin: Black, Asian and minority ethnic Wales draws upon the strengths of the Lead Creative Schools Scheme that has helped schools explore new ideas and approaches to teaching and learning over the last 5 years.

At the heart of the scheme is co-construction, co-delivery, pupil voice and pupil decision making. It is an enquiry-based approach that uses arts interventions and creative pedagogy to explore themes, issues, and challenges across all areas of learning.

What will the offer entail

  • Schools will work in collaboration with a designated Creative Practitioner to plan a creative learning project that explores elements of Cynefin: Black, Asian and minority ethnic Wales.
  • Successful schools will be invited to attend a one-day online training course delivered by the Arts Council of Wales, to ensure that they are fully prepared for the project. The training dates are shown in the timeline below.
  • Schools will work alongside their designated Creative Practitioner to deliver these projects to a class of learners. A class of leaners may be a cohort of learners that have been pulled together from across the school (it should be no more than 30 pupils)
  • As a school, you will reflect throughout the course of the project and conduct a final evaluation. There will also be opportunities for you to share your findings with other creatives and teaching professionals across Wales

Funding and support

We are looking to work with up to 25 schools as part of Cynefin: Black, Asian and minority ethnic Wales.

Each school will receive 16 days support from a Creative Practitioner employed by the Arts Council of Wales.

In addition to this, each school will receive a grant of £2000 towards resources to support the project.

The designated teacher will attend a one-day training course online delivered by the Arts Council of Wales and will gain opportunities to collaborate with other schools across Wales to form a learning network.


The scheme is open to all local authority maintained and voluntary-aided primary and secondary schools, including special schools and specialist teaching facilities. Schools who have previously received a Lead Creative Schools grant are welcome to apply.

Schools who are currently in receipt of grant funding from the Arts Council of Wales are ineligible to apply.

How to apply

An application form for Cynefin: Black, Asian and minority ethnic Wales can be found here.

This application should be completed by the teacher who will be designated to run the project.

Applications close at midday, 15  March 2021.


The Arts Council of Wales is committed to making information available in large print, easy read, braille, audio and British Sign Language and will endeavour to provide information in languages other than Welsh or English on request.

We operate an Equal Opportunities Recruitment Policy and welcome applications from all sections of the community in Welsh or English.


midday, 15 March

Application closes for schools

19 March

Successful schools notified

14 & 15 April

One-day online training course for successful schools

w/c 19 April

Project planning begins

w/c 3 May

Project planning shared with Arts Council of Wales

10 May – 2 July

Project delivery

w/c 5 July

National sharing events

How to find out more

Should you wish to apply we strongly suggest that you attend an online briefing session. This will be an opportunity to find out more about the offer and ask any questions.

Friday 5 March 2021 12:00pm – 1:00pm Book here

If you have any further queries, please contact one of the creative learning team as detailed below

Daniel.trivedy@arts.wales  Tel: 07710026085

Shaun.featherstone@arts.wales Tel: 07710026080

Gwenfair.hughes@arts.wales Tel:  07710026084