EDAU

Arts Champions

Arts Champions are experienced teachers of the arts in primary or secondary education or experienced arts practitioners. Their role is to support teachers of the arts to develop their practice. 

Delyth Staples

Delyth Staples

  • Art

As a primary teacher with over twenty years curriculum responsibility for art, Delyth has a wealth of experience in promoting the Arts and creativity. She’s responsible for leading her school to prepare for the Curriculum for Wales and creative planning.

Delyth is a freelance art advisory teacher, providing creative workshops for teachers, teaching assistants and pupils. 

She’s also responsible for coordinating the Arts Champions programme for Edau.

Kate Eastman

Kate Eastman

  • Art

As an Art practitioner turned primary school teacher, Kate has curriculum responsibility for the Creative arts, where she plans and facilitates the teaching of art across the whole school and has been instrumental in putting the A (art) into their STEAM activities.  

She also has years of experience in implementing a creative curriculum using the Leonardo Effect.  

The school is a Curriculum Pioneer for the Expressive Arts, and as such, Kate plays an important role in the project.  

Bernadette Rippon

Bernadette Rippon

  • Arts

Bernadette is both a secondary school Art teacher and practitioner. 

She has had a range of diverse experiences in teaching all ages and abilities during her posts as a Lecturer in CAD, working as an Art teacher and as Head of Learning at Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno. 

Peter Rees Davies

Peter Rees Davies

  • Drama

The Arts have been at the core of Peter’s career as a Drama teacher in secondary schools.

Peter has experience as a chief examiner for A Level Drama CBAC and has been an adviser for the Welsh Government on developing Drama resources.

Vickie Fleming

Vickie Fleming

  • Drama

Vickie’s background is that of a professionally trained working actor. Nine years ago she founded Pigtown Theatre CIC in order to work more effectively with educators and the community to get the most out of opportunities available through the arts. Through Pigtown Theatre, Vickie has worked in all but two of Conwy’s Primary schools as well as many of the Secondary schools, delivering curriculum-based workshops to encourage creative learning through drama.  These projects predominantly have a literacy or numeracy focus incorporated through storytelling.

Vickie is also a Creative Agent for the Arts Council Wales Creative Schools scheme and is currently working on projects with her schools to support and inspire teachers to develop creative projects in readiness for the new curriculum.  

Vickie has worked with educators for many years and has a keen understanding of the pressures schools and teachers face and is able to use a variety of techniques to support them.

Sophie Howell

Sophie Howell

  • Drama

As both an experienced Drama and English teacher, Sophie is well versed in providing a creative environment for her pupils. 

She is also a drama tutor for a community group and promotes art and drama programmes.

Elin Parry

Elin Parry

  • Drama

Elin works as Head of Drama at a bilingual secondary school. The school is a Curriculum Pioneer for the Expressive Arts, and as such, Elin is responsible for leading the teachers through the project. 

She has also been a Lead Creative co-ordinator at her school and this led her to develop creative and collaborative approaches as part of a pedagogy PLC. 

She has completed a master’s degree in Educational practice.

Sioned Webb

Sioned Webb

  • Music

Sioned has a wealth of experience working in the Arts and Education setting as an educator, Artistic Director at William Mathias, composer and freelance musician.  

She has worked as Head of music at secondary schools. 

As a harpist, Sioned has performed at many national and international music festivals, including Brittany, Poland, Uzbekistan, Canada and Argentina and has received invitations to work alongside musical groups with the Inuits in Canada, the Folk Orchestra of Uzbek and the Gamelan Orchestra in Indonesia. She was shortlisted for the Paul Hamlyn award for composers in 2013.

She leads music workshops and residencies throughout Wales and beyond and has published various books, educational papers and resources for schools. She is at present working on three toolkits for the new music specification for WJEC's GCSE and A level Music syllabus.

Gethin Thomas

Gethin Thomas

  • Music

Gethin is a music teacher at a special school of education. He has a wide range of experience teaching music in the primary and secondary sector in Wales and abroad.  

As well as working as an Arts Champion for Edau, Gethin has also provided music workshops with the BBC National Orchestra and worked with organisations such as the WNO, No Fit State Circus and Ballet Wales. He has also provided training on teaching music to teachers across north east Wales. 

In the past, he has been nominated for Composer of the year for Radio Cymru and has performed on television as a musician, accompanist and composer. He has recently worked as a music director for several projects and specialises in producing shows with children with special educational needs.

Bari Gwilliam

Bari Gwilliam

  • Music

Bari has experience both within the education sector and as a musician. As a teacher in both primary and secondary sector, Bari has led a busy music department. He is also a trumpet teacher at Bangor University. 

He is the Musical Director of Sistema Cymru – Codi’r To, responsible for the delivery of music/instrumental tuition within primary schools. 

As an experienced musician, he has performed with many of the countries popular bands. As well as working as an Arts Champion for Edau, Bari has also provided music workshops for teachers in Austria, Sweden and north east Wales.

Sue Clisham

Sue Clisham

  • Music

Sue has worked in education for the last 28 years. Beginning as a class teacher, then working in various school managerial roles, she is currently a Headteacher of a successful primary school in Flintshire.

She has a proven record in raising standards of teaching and learning as a Music coordinator and as a specialist music teacher, leading whole school curriculum developments. 

She is also a Peer Inspector and brings the perspective of school leadership and management to the Arts Champion role.

Jamie Jenkins

Jamie Jenkins

  • Dance

Jamie has developed his career in community dance, working as a dance practitioner and project manager with the community dance sector.

Until recently, Jamie was a dance practitioner, project manager and choreographer for NEW Dance, a community dance organisation, where he also led the Wrexham and Flintshire Youth Dance companies.

Jamie also works as a lecturer in Contemporary dance.

His past experiences include working as a Development Coordinator for the National Youth Dance Wales, coordinating a programme to develop the skills of young dancers throughout Wales. Jamie has also a range of performance experiences from UK and international tours.