A Model for School Improvement that Focuses on Engagement and Buy-In

In the McKinsey Report on How the world’s Most Improved Systems Keep Getting Better, 

“the journey from great to excellent focuses on creating an environment that will unleash the creativity and innovation of its educators” (McKinsey and Co. 2010)

All this is a long way from approaches that are top-down and focused on floor targets.

Creative Schools is about shifting the focus onto how best to inspire and motivate your teachers and the students in their care to produce the results schools want.

Imagine what schools could achieve if we approached school improvement in a positive, creative, and collaborative way?

Similarly, David Crossley’s manifesto for change, outlined in ‘Sustainable School Transformation’ (2013) argues that the first step towards change involves ‘making the most of the teachers we have and unleashing their creativity’. Who better to upskill and motivate teachers and pupils and unleash their creativity than expert partners from the arts and cultural education sector?

Steps towards sustainable school change outline by David Crossley (Executive Director of Whole Education):

  1. Making the most of the teachers we have and unleashing their creativity
  2. Offering a curriculum that really meets the needs of 21st century learners
  3. Embedding effective collaboration within schools and between schools and between systems
  4. Developing a smarter approach to accountability and use of data
  5. Making the most of the choices schools have.