How Creative Schools Works



We meet with your school to help identify key improvement needs and development areas that a creative project can support, and if you’d like to, we can link these with your school’s Artsmark ambitions.

We aim for meetings to last 1.5-2 hours so that we can fully understand your needs and your school’s culture and ethos. We’ll also talk with school leaders about the budget, timescale and logistics of delivering a creative project. This process aims to minimize your workload as we match you with the right creative partner to deliver against your specific needs.



Starting with your school’s needs our network of cultural partners will propose current, bespoke or completely new projects that can help you deliver your priorities and create a legacy of cultural and artistic engagement in your school.


We will match you up with the projects that work for you and your school, supporting your SIP or SD and will match-fund you to commission a project with one of them. This starts with an exciting bespoke menu of proposals from our partner organisations, introducing you to new approaches to fulfilling your school’s needs. We can meet with you to discuss the options in more depth, and once you’ve decided on your partnership we’ll introduce you to your partner arts organisation(s) to begin planning your project(s).


Working in partnership with some of East London’s leading cultural organisations, your students take part in high-quality arts projects that meet your school’s needs and can be used as evidence of your progress as a school, or in terms of Artsmark criteria. Projects can be short and long term and we aim to work across a range of art forms and media. We’ll help you evaluate the impact of your project according to our evaluation framework.


Celebrate your school’s strengths and share practice at our termly networking events with East London education and cultural leaders at Stratford Circus Arts Centre; access staff CPD opportunities at these events and at our annual Schools Symposium; and demonstrate your school’s commitment to delivering high-quality arts opportunities, one way to do this is to register as an Artsmark school or re-assess your Artsmark Level. Creative Schools, in partnership with A New Direction, can help you to do this.


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