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Frequently asked questions

Questions from creatives

What do you mean by 'creatives'? I'm not an artist – does this apply to me?

We’re using the term ‘creatives’ to make it clear that this programme is about creative learning experiences and creative thinking. You don’t need to be an ‘artist’ or describe yourself as one – there’s creativity in game design, fashion design, spoken word, storytelling, and much more.

I really want to work with a kura. How can I do that?

If you already have a relationship with a kura, then ask them if they would like to put together a joint proposal with you. If you don’t have a relationship with a kura, indicate that you’d like to work with one when you submit your expression of interest . Note that you need to have a certain level of proficiency in te reo to work in a kura – you can talk with the kura about what they expect this to be.

Can I submit my expression of interest in te reo?

Most definitely! Schools and kura can submit their joint proposals in te reo as well.

I’m only available at certain times but I still want to be involved. Is that possible?

Yes, when you submit your expression of interest , there’s a section where you can specify when and where you’re available. This will help you and the school or kura to work out your availability together.

Will I be left with a class by myself?

No, Creatives in Schools is about schools or kura and creative practitioners working together, so you’ll have a teacher/kaiako with you at all times.

I haven’t been chosen but I still want to take part. What should I do?

We know there’s a lot of interest in Creatives in Schools, but only a certain number of projects are funded in each round, so some will miss out. However, Creatives in Schools is running until the end of 2023 so there are lots of opportunities to be involved. We recommend you keep updating your expression of interest  and check back regularly.

Can I work with others together? We’re more creative that way.

Yes, but the total amount of remuneration for creatives will still be $10,000 (plus GST if applicable). This means you and the school or kura will need to think about how many people to involve to make sure everyone is fairly paid.

Who can I find out more about this from?

You can get in touch by emailing CreativesinSchools@education.govt.nz

Can organisations apply to the Creatives in Schools programme?

The Creatives in Schools programme is open to organisations, companies and individuals. Organisations will have to identify their individual creative(s) to work with an identified school/kura.

I am an artist and a teacher at my school. Can I participate in this project in my own school?

Unfortunately not, this would be a conflict of interest.

How many creatives may be involved in a project?

A project may involve 1–3 creatives and a number of schools/kura. In terms of funding, each creative will be remunerated an amount of $10,000. If two or three creatives are involved the amount will be split between the creatives.

Questions from schools and kura

Which schools can participate in Creatives in Schools?

All primary and secondary state schools, state-integrated schools, and kura.

What happens if our proposal is not successful in the round we apply for?

If your school or kura is not chosen in the round you apply for, you will be informed by the Ministry of Education. You can then choose to withdraw your application or to have it considered in the following round or another round of your preference.

When do we submit the police vet check report for our creative?

You do not have to wait for the report before submitting your joint proposal. However, you should apply for police vetting as soon as you have selected the creative you will work with, and you must submit the report to CreativesinSchool@education.govt.nz before the project starts.

What happens if the creative in our proposal ‘fails’ the police vet check?

You will have to find another creative, resubmit a new joint proposal, and apply for the police vet check for your replacement creative. 

How much time of the creative’s 100 hours should be allocated to collaborative planning?

Each school or kura should allocate sufficient time for teachers to plan with the creative and to touch base before and after each session.

What is the maximum number of students who can participate in a creative’s sessions?

This will need to be agreed between the creative and the school or kura.

Can private schools or kura participate in this project?

The Creatives in Schools programme is only for state-integrated schools.

How many schools/kura may be involved in a project?

A project may involve 1–3 creatives and a number of schools/kura. In terms of funding, each creative will be remunerated an amount of $10,000. If two or three creatives are involved the amount will be split between the creatives.

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