Creative Leaders

The National Centre for Writing Creative Leaders scheme is a unique training and work experience programme in creative writing and education. The scheme provides professional development opportunities for 18-25 year olds or those still in full or part-time education interested in a career arts education.

Applications for the 2018/19 cohort of Creative Leaders have now closed. If you have any questions or would like to register your interest in the scheme, please email Victoria Maitland

Frequently asked questions

What does a Creative Leader do?

Creative Leaders assist our freelance tutors with the delivery of workshops in schools and on-site at Dragon Hall. You might be asked to distribute teaching materials and circulate the room offering advice or encouragement to the students, or you may be working more closely with our freelance tutor with a more active role in the session. You are present so that there are always at least two adults in the room, should the classroom teacher or teaching assistant have to leave.

What is an enhanced DBS check?

This is a criminal records check performed by the government. This is a legal requirement for any person who will be coming into regular contact with children or vulnerable adults.

What is the time commitment?

You are required to attend the training session at the start of the scheme. The number of sessions you are asked to volunteer on will vary project to project. When we put a call out, we will state the amount of commitment we require, whether that is you attendance at a pair of workshops in a single school, a series of workshops across a project, or a one-off workshop.

How will I find out about volunteering opportunities?

We will email you with opportunities as they arise, in accordance with your preferences as listed in your application form. Opportunities are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. We usually only require one creative leader per workshop.

What happens if I sign up for a workshop but cannot attend?

We ask that you let us know as soon as possible if you are no longer able to attend a workshop you have previously signed up for. We try to be flexible with your university commitments and understand that illness and emergencies do occur.

Are there any opportunities for career progression with this scheme?

Yes. Creative Leaders who particularly impress us may be invited to join our pool of paid freelance tutors. If you are interested in becoming a paid freelancer, please do indicate this on your application form.