Inspiring school change through the arts

We’ve just launched our Programme for 2018-2021

Newham |Tower Hamlets | Barking & Dagenham  | Hackney | Redbridge | Waltham Forest

Welcome to Creative Schools

Creative schools is an innovative programme that supports schools to tackle challenges and seed change through the arts.

We do this by resourcing and mobilising our broad network of cultural partners to respond to school need and deliver projects or interventions that can make a difference.

SCHOOLS register your interest HERE

CULTURAL ORGANISATIONS register your interest HERE

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Our Mission

Arts and cultural education can be life-enhancing for young people. Creative Schools strives to ensure that more young people have access to those experiences.

We visit schools to understand their School Improvement Plan, their ambitions, and hopes for the future. We then harness the power of our network of cultural partners, across East London and beyond, to deliver projects or interventions that respond to that need. Creative Schools brings together many diverse elements of the cultural sector –museums, galleries, film, libraries, heritage, dance, poetry, digital arts, drama, visual art, and music–to respond to school need, improve pupil outcomes, and feed young imaginations.

We encourage teachers and school leaders to engage with projects commissioned through the programme, and feel inspired by the value of arts to seed change in their community. Our simple, sustainable approach is to establish a legacy of arts and cultural engagement in schools and the confidence to more in the future.

Through a combination of online resources, termly CPD events, and Annual Symposium, we support schools to develop the knowledge, confidence, and ambition to foster a culture of creativity that benefits pupils and teachers alike.

The Benefits of Cultural Learning

Arts education is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. It’s really the air many of these kids
breathe. It’s how we get kids excited about getting up and going to school in the morning.
It’s how we get them to take ownership of their future.

(Michelle Obama)

“Participation in structured arts activities can increase cognitive
abilities by 17%”

“Learning through arts and culture develops skills and behaviour that
lead children to do better in school”

(Cultural Learning
Alliance, The value of
cultural learning, 2017)

“We need to stat seeing our creative capacities for the richness they are and seeing our children for the hope that they are. Our task is to educate their whole being so they can face this future…we may not see this future, but they will. And our job is to help them make something of it.”

“It was a one of a lifetime experience”

Pupil from Central Park Primary, Newham who took part in a project brokered through Creative Schools in 2017


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What Creative Schools Can Offer You

A network of creative learning talent

Gain insight into the current trends and focus of the education community

Exciting new artistic opportunities

Incredible prospects for commissions that meet a real need in under-served communities, and in children’s lives

Ensure that more children and young people are participating in imaginative arts projects

Find out More About the Impact Creative Schools has made since 2015

Explore Our Story of Change and tap into resources and learning from the last three years of the programme.

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