EFDSS selects schools for Full English project

english folk dance song societyThe English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) has selected 19 schools to take part in its Full English learning programme.

Each establishment selected by the EFDSS will develop a project based on dance, music, drama or other folk arts using materials from their local area.

All content will be sourced from The Full English digital archive, a new online database of folk music items launched earlier this year.

Frances Watt, the Full English learning manager, said: ‘Combining the Full English digital archive with school projects allows artists to tailor the content to include material that is relevant to the school and that originated from communities in their region.

‘This should bring the archive to life and we hope will interest and inspire students and staff as they work with local and regional songs, tunes and stories.’

A grant of £585,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £11,000 from the National Folk Music Fund as well as support from the Folklore Society has helped set up the Full English archive.

All school projects will culminate in a national folk arts in education conference at Birmingham Town Hall on 25 June 2014.

The selected schools are:

East: Bewick Bridge Community Primary School, Cambridge; Impington Village College, Cambridgeshire.

East Midlands: Marton Primary School, Lincolnshire; Branston Community Academy, Lincoln.

London: Primrose Hill Primary School; Acland Burghley School, Camden.

North East: The Federation of St Godric’s RCVA Primary School, Thornley & St Mary’s RCVA Primary School, Wingate, County Durham (joint project); Durham Johnston Comprehensive School, Durham.

North West: St John with St Mark Primary School, Bury; Holy Family College, Heywood.

South East: Loughton School, Milton Keynes; Stantonbury Campus, Milton Keynes.

South West: Pathfield School, Barnstaple (SEN School); Hanham High School, South Gloucestershire.

West Midlands: Allens Croft Primary School, Birmingham; Queensbridge School, Birmingham.

Yorkshire: Shawlands Primary School, Barnsley; Horizon Community College, Barnsley.

Visit www.efdss.org to find out more about the Full English project.

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