CALSAs are experienced teachers who have been trained to work with schools to secure high quality Culture and Arts experiences for all children and young people.
The Kite TSA helped in the design of the role and training for CALSAs in partnership with Festival Bridge and Ignite TSA. The pilot in 2015 led to the designation of 5 CALSAs in Cambridgeshire and 5 CALSAs in Norfolk. Their role is similar to that of a SLE, offering a specialist for school to school support with improving the opportunities and outcomes for arts and cultural education, including supporting schools in becoming an Arts Council Artsmark school.
There are now 40 CALSAs working across the East of England. As experienced specialists the Kite TSA CALSAs take a lead in working with colleagues to promote arts and culture activities to improve their offer to young people. This includes signposting and collaboration with arts and culture providers and supporting in the delivery of Arts Award programmes for pupils and the attainment of Artsmark for schools. If you would like support from one of the Kite TSA CALSAS, please get in touch.
If you are an arts teacher in Cambridgeshire and would like to find out more about this role and how you can become a CALSA then we are keen to hear from you. There is a modest budget that can be made available to pay for release and training will be provided. This could be a first step into middle leadership and can help teachers with opportunities to develop their skills in delivering peer-to-peer support and coaching. . Click here to see a powerpoint presentation about the role