Creative Schools was developed in 2015 as the flagship programme of the East London Cultural Education Partnership (ELCEP), a partnership of cultural education organisations led by Barbican/Guildhall School of Music & Drama; six east London Music Education Hubs representing eight local authorities; 70+ cultural and education organisations; and A New Direction (A.N.D).
The East London Cultural Education Alliance (ELCEA) builds on relationships and partnership models established through ELCEP , and brings together partners from across east London to ensure that the existing provision, learning and support for cultural education is available to all young people and delivered in the most effective way.
School Improvement through the arts
Creative Schools aimed to create ‘critical mass’ around shared challenges and opportunities in east London, and over the course of a three year programme brought together 280 east London culture and education organisations together through the development of sustainable and collaborative business and delivery models.
Four interlinked strands of activity were designed and delivered by multiple partners to test new and collaborative approaches to supporting outcomes for children and young people, schools, and cultural organisations in east London.
Maximising impacts for children and young people, schools and cultural organisations
Over three years of activity, Creative Schools delivered considerable impact in terms of both scale and depth of engagement, successfully bringing together schools and cultural organisations to strengthen cultural education provision in east London; providing enriching cultural experiences for over 5000 children and young people; supporting the delivery of a wide range of inspiring creative projects that demonstrate the power of creativity to inspire, challenge and develop necessary life skills for children and young people; and experimenting with innovative operational and funding models to shift the practice of delivering cultural education in east London.
Resources, partner reflections and learning
Creative Schools is supported by A New Direction, with funding from Arts Council England through Bridge funds, and is part of the London Cultural Education Challenge, an ambitious £900,000 three year programme designed to bring about a step-change in Cultural Education and young people’s cultural engagement in London.
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