more able and talented
Links to other agencies

More Able and Talented children often benefit from extra-curricular support and challenge. Schools should liaise with outside agencies to provide an enriching curriculum when possible and should direct parents and carers towards these facilities.
The LEA co-ordinator will organise county-wide initiatives whenever possible.

Ynys Hywel Activity Centre

Opportunities for more able and talented pupils.

Outdoor Activities

Challenge Activities
Challenge activities are designed to give pupils experiences that present them with an opportunity to try out something different: activities which pupils may find challenging, daunting or just plain scary.
Outcomes of these activities are:
Increased self-esteem
Increased self-confidence
Higher levels of motivation

Stretch Activities
Stretch activities are designed to improve the following skills:
Team building
Problem solving
Decision Making
This is done by presenting pupils with a series of scenarios that require some or all of the above skills to achieve.  Examples of such activities are raft building, mountain rescue exercises, bridge construction.  The complexity and difficulty of the exercises can be tailored to meet the needs and requirements of different groups.

Residential Activities
Residential activities can be run together with the above activities, as a stand-alone experience, or in conjunction with curriculum studies for revision or extended study sessions.  The critical factor in residential experiences is the amount of time students and staff spend together.  This creates the opportunity for staff to get a greater appreciation of their pupils’ needs.
Residential activities allow pupils to develop:
Communication skills
Academic confidence
Positive relationships with staff

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Funding for Arts Projects

  • Do you need funding for your project?

Most arts organisations (particularly those in receipt of Arts Council of Wales revenue funding) have extensive programmes of outreach work and are particularly looking for partners within the “Objective 1” areas.  You may be able to buy into an existing scheme at little cost.  It is always worth approaching suitable arts organisations and arts venues to see if they have anything planned that will suit your needs.  You might be asked to support a funding application being made by that organisation but in the long run this will save you a lot of time and paperwork.  The disadvantage is that you might have less choice and less control in the project.

Venues are often willing to book specific artists/ outreach work if they know that there is a demand for this type of work – although you may have to work to their timescale.  However, the maxim is….if you don’t ask, you don’ get!

Local Authority Development Officers also organise some arts projects in which your school might be able to participate.  It’s worth asking…

  • Going it alone

It is possible to work directly with a suitable arts practitioner or arts organisation to devise a tailor-made project for your school.  This has the advantage of being absolutely in your control, although it might mean a bit of extra work.

To find a suitably qualified artist for your project you can get advice via ESIS, Arts Development Officers, the Arts Council of Wales, the Academi (literature projects and events), and Cywaith Cymru/ Artworks Wales (visual arts projects).  Artist in Schools Fairs provide an excellent opportunity to “shop around” and make useful contacts for potential projects.

Once you have made contact with a suitable artist or arts organisation you will find that most of them are happy to help with sorting out a draft budget and will have an idea of potential funders.  Advice can be obtained from the agencies listed above, plus the Arts Council, the Foundation for Sports and the Arts and a variety of charitable trusts.  Books detailing the latter are available through library reference sections.  Some organisations (e.g. Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations) have specialised computer programmes which can suggest potential sources of funding.

Often, it is worth joining with another school or cluster of schools to devise a project, as a better deal with the artist/ arts organisation can be negotiated because it involves them in a much more sustained period of work.

  • Points Towards Organising a Successful Project and Securing Funding

Have clear aims and objectives

    • what do you want to achieve (short term and long-term)
    • what specific skills do you want developed? (make priorities)
    • consider what transferable skills might be developed?
    • Make the project as “inclusive” as possible.

Be imaginative

  • Make your project really special and interesting!
  • Make it memorable
  • Try and make the most out of this opportunity (e.g. link to other areas of the curriculum/ alternative curriculum weeks etc.)

Consider your resources

  • Staff with special skills (these can be developed alongside an artist)
  • Local arts practitioners and organisations
  • Theatres, arts centres and galleries
  • Try and involve your local community (you stand more chance of success
  • What other advice and support is available?

Plan well in advance

  • Work strategically (long term aims)
  • Give yourself time to find the right artists
  • Give yourself time to obtain adequate funding
  • Consider how you will monitor/ evaluate the project? (who can help?)
  • How are you going to recruit participants? (Marketing issues)

Think about sustainability of the work

  • Develop the skills of your staff
  • Build teacher training into your project, otherwise you will not get any long-term benefits from the money you spend. (NB GEST funds can be counted in the project budget)

Have a written agreement between the school and the artist (drawn up by both parties)

  • Agree schedule of work
  • Schedule payments and arrangements
  • Copyright issues
  • Number of participants and age range
  • Accommodation issues – where will the work take place? Do they need a base or storage space?
  • Who provides materials?  Is there a separate budget?
  • What arrangements are being made to monitor the project and evaluate it?
  • Who intervenes in the event of a dispute or disagreement?

Never expect the artist to take the place of a teacher.  There should always be a member of staff present.  Bear in mind child protection issues and make any necessary risk assessments.

Celebrate it!  Send out press releases, take photos or a video.  Organise a final performance or exhibition of work produced.  It will give an extra dimension to your project, raise the profile of your school and help convince potential sponsors to support your next project!  Be enthusiastic!  If you have the energy and enthusiasm to want it to happen, it generally will.  It is far easier to find funding for a well-thought-out project which excites the imagination than it is to get a project off the ground with unwilling and apathetic partners/ participants – regardless of the money involved.

Some useful contact addresses:

Arts Development Officers
Merthyr Tydfil: Carys Wynne 01685 725356 (
Bridgend: Gill Elfyn Jones: 01656 642682 (
Rhondda Cynon Taff: Strinda Davies: 01443 744096 (
Caerphilly: Kate Strudwick: 01495 224425 (

Literature projects/ Creative writing residencies:
Academi (029 20 427266)
Mount Stuart House
Mount Stuart Square
Cardiff, CF10 5FQ

Visual Arts residencies:
Cywaith Cymru/ Artworks Wales (029 20 489543)
Crichton House
Mount Stuart Square
Cardiff, CF10 5EE

Capital Funding/ Arts Projects:
Arts Council of Wales (029 20 376500
Museum Place
Cardiff, CF10 3NX

Awards for All Wales (01686 611740)
2nd Floor
Ladywell House
Powys, SY16 1JB

Capital Funding/ Projects:
Foundation for Sports and the Arts
Endicott OBE
Secretary to the Trustees
PO Box 20
Liverpool, L13 1HB

Arts Council (Arts Lottery) Funding

Capital Funding
Capital spending is money spent on buying, improving, restoring, building or creating an asset that will be used continuously.  It covers equipment as well as buildings.  Sometimes, you can apply for a grant to cover start-up costs (e.g. Training for use of new equipment).  It does not include retrospective costs or running costs.

Size of grants: £2000 - £100000+

Partnership funding:         

Flexible.  Local Authority applicants (including schools) usually require at least 25% partnership funding.  You should aim to raise as much as possible from other sources.

How long will it take?      

£50000+ at least six months
£10-50000 within four months
£2-10000 a fast track scheme may be used (optimistically, within two months)

Arts Council of Wales/ Arts for All Lottery Grants

Recent changes to the way in which the Arts Council operates means that if you are seeking a grants, find the grant that most closely matches your project and submit an application.  If the ACW supports your project, they will decide if it should

Arts Development in Caerphilly County Borough Council

Arts Development in Caerphilly is part of the Music and Arts Service within the Directorate of Education and Lifelong Learning.

The Arts Development Officers are based in the Blackwood Miners Institute (Tel: 01495 224425/ e mail:

Arts Development Officers work in the community and in schools to:

  • Offer advice about how to set up art projects/ events
  • Help people of all ages explore and develop their creative and artistic potential
  • Help identify appropriately skilled arts practitioners for projects
  • Put people in touch with funding bodies and help with applications
  • Liaise with arts organisations to ensure that work is developed that meets the needs of our area
  • Innovate specific projects arising from discussions with focus groups of voluntary arts organisations, community groups and teachers
  • Organise arts INSET training for teachers
  • Help organise international cultural exchanges
  • Work strategically to increase access to arts events and participation in arts activities in the community
  • Create partnerships with a wide range of organisations to fund and develop the arts in Caerphilly
  • Organise events to help broaden people’s horizons and increase their experience of the arts in their own and other cultures
  • Help aspiring arts practitioners to develop their skills through workshop activities and holiday projects.

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Caerphilly Music and Arts Service

Background Information

The award winning Caerphilly Music and Arts Service provides quality tuition to schools.  Youth ensembles exist at county and four counties level.  A Music Education Partnership Scheme with the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama provides specialist tuition for the most talented pupils.  A Caerphilly Schools’ Young Musician of the Year Competition takes place annually.

Arts Development Officers are based at Blackwood Miners Institute and are responsible for arts projects and activities across the county borough.  Their brief covers all art forms and all age groups, both within schools and in the community.  They work in partnership with other departments, external organisations and voluntary arts groups to increase participation and enjoyment of the arts.  The Arts Development Officers also advise on funding applications and how to set up arts activities.

Blackwood Miners Institute is the only arts centre in Caerphilly borough.  It is a focal point for live entertainment, performing arts, and film screenings.  Facilities include the Memorial Theatre, Navigation Bar, Abingdon Dance Studio, and Britannia Restaurant.  It is available for hire, functions and events.

Current Position

Currently, eleven of our able and gifted pupils attend classes at the Junior Department of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff on Saturdays.  Funding is arranged on a Partnership basis with Caerphilly county borough paying 45% of the total cost.  The Royal Welsh College pays 10%, which in cash terms is les than £200 per year.  The Welsh College is able to fund their bursaries through grants from Trusts, and Caerphilly county borough through the GEST Music Development Fund.  The annual cost to Caerphilly CBC is approx £8k.

To the best of my knowledge, no Caerphilly CBC students attend any of the specialist music schools – e.g. Chethams, Wells Cathedral etc.

A source of exploration for funding is the DfES Music & Dance Scheme, which offers bursaries for students to attend specialist schools e.g. Royal Ballet School, Chethams etc.

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elite Caerffili

Who can apply?

Junior and seniors at full international level with the SCW recognised sporting governing body.  (It does not cover individuals who have been selected for national training and development squads.)

How can we help?

If you are eligible for enrolment onto the scheme, you will be entitled to:

*free use of 

changing rooms and showers
Fitness suites
Swimming pools

Other facilities may be available to “elite Caerphilly” holders dependant upon the sport in which international selection has been achieved and subject to availability and negotiation with Leisure Centre Managers.

Access to the above facilities will only be permitted on production of your “elite Caerffili” card.

How to apply?


Sports Development Unit
Ystrad Fawr
Ystrad Mynach
CF82 7SF