For Schools

The Problem for Schools

Arts and creative education are life-enhancing and essential for children’s futures.

In the current funding climate, many schools are forced to cut back on opportunities for pupils. We understand the challenges schools face in terms of raising attainment, aspirations, and closing achievement gaps with limited resources.

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.

We aim to make it simple for schools to get involved.

How Creative Schools Works

  1. School Meetings with our Schools Brokerage Consultant or Programme Manager to discuss your needs and ambitions
  2. Ideas and Proposals: Cultural Partners are invited to respond to needs with existing or bespoke project ideas.
  3. Commission: Schools receive a Development Plan detailing potential projects linked to need all in one go. Schools receive funding and support to commission the right project, without a million emails!
  4. Planning: Creative Schools connects schools and partners to agree contracting, costs, resources, and timescales with our support
  5. Delivery: The project and/or intervention is delivered
  6. Evaluation: Creative Schools supports organisations and schools to evaluate impact. Key data feeds into Creative Schools evaluation and an Impact Report for governors.

What We Offer Schools

  • Innovative Solutions – Innovative ways to tackle the real-world challenges on your School Improvement Plan
  • The Right Projects – Creative Schools helps you access the projects or interventions that best meet your needs, with a tailored menu of options from our leading cultural partners
  • Generous Match Funding (up to £600 per school) to commission projects through our network
  • Pool Resources and deliver projects across a cluster of schools or Academy Trust to strengthen collaboration
  • Keeping things Simple – We gather all the info about costings and logistics in one go, without a million emails!
  • FREE CPD for teachers –Free after-school training every term with expert insights into the trends and focus in cultural education
  • A network of cultural education leaders in east London and beyond and the chance to make lasting connections.
  • Online Network Join our group on existing social media to connect with other educators, arts providers, and cultural leaders in your area.
  • Annual Symposium – (2 tickets allocated per school with a value of £75 each) The Symposium is an all-day event (held in Autumn Term 2019) combining networking, insights from arts, funding, and education experts and a range of workshops.
  • Artsmark Support – We can support you to deliver your Artsmark ambitions

Example Projects

Case Study – A busy Newham secondary school empowers youth voice and peer collaboration 

In 2017-18 Sarah Bonnell wanted to take part in innovative ‘action learning’ and research. They partnered with Sound Connections, Wired4Music and arts advisor, Fran Gkotsi, to deliver a summer showcase planned and delivered by pupils. The school achieved better team work, stronger peer relationships with older pupils mentoring year 7s, and improved resilience and flexibility. 260 pupils gained accreditation through Arts Award as part of the project.

How to get involved?

  • Register your interest by filling in the form below or by emailing us at
  • To support the programme, schools contribute £350 to take part in the brokerage programme.
  • We’ll get in touch to confirm your registration and arrange a meeting.
  • We know that you have a difficult and demanding job. We’re here to make it as easy as possible for you.

Email us at:

Call us on 0208 279 1073

Fill out our Expression of Interest Form

What teachers are saying…

Really helpful and a good way for schools to see what projects are available all in one go, and then pick what would be most helpful to their school. All without having to send a million emails. Newham teacher on Creative Schools brokerage 

The Creative Schools network has not only inspired us to broaden the Arts activities that we participate in at Churchfields Junior but extended opportunities for our students to work with others across East London in a creative way, providing unique experiences for them all.  Joining the network is well worth the additional expenditure and something that we would highly recommend to colleagues. – Wendy Thomas, Headteacher, Churchfields Juniors, Redbridge

The Symposium was absolutely amazing and me and my colleagues were blown away.  We had such good fun and it really ignited the spark for us and reminded me why I was so keen to be part of Creative Schools.  – Redbridge teacher on Creative Schools Symposium 

At a time of great change within the school system, my feeling is that the arts are becoming marginalised and undervalued. Things such as Artsmark open a dialogue with schools and people in the wider creative sector, as opposed to the national curriculum which is very much a conversation within education. – Ryan Mclelland, The Bridge School, Islington, on achieving Artsmark Platinum 

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