How Creative Schools Works

See How It Works

  1. School Meetings led by our brokerage experts to discuss school challenges and ambitions with headteachers
  2. Ideas and Proposals: Cultural Partners are invited to respond to needs with existing or bespoke project ideas.
  3. Commission: Schools receive a range of project proposals linked to school need. Schools receive support to commission the right project
  4. Planning: Creative Schools connects schools and partners to agree costs, resources, and timescales
  5. Delivery: The project and/or intervention is delivered
  6. Evaluation: Creative Schools supports organisations to evaluate impact. Key data links into Creative Schools evaluation and is fed back to creative partners.

What Creative Schools Can Offer You

  • School Recruitment – We identify schools strategically through existing east London borough networks. We work with school leaders to identify the projects that best meet their needs, ensuring buy-in from the start.
  • Match Funding – Our match funding for commissions through our network ensures schools with limited resources can still engage.
  • Larger Reach – Use the additional reach of the Creative Schools partnership and the network’s collective power to leverage funding for your work, advocate for arts and cultural education more generally, and create lasting change for young people in exciting areas of east London that are being developed.
  • Cross-Sector Events – Connect directly with schools and other creative partners at termly events to promote your organisation and share best practice and innovation. Host events or lead the debate on a topic to raise your profile within the network.
  • Marketing – feature your organisation in our twice-termly newsletter and reach over 600 school contacts with your offers and promotions.
  • Keeping Things Simple- We know you have limited capacity. We strive to make it easy to deliver projects, acting as an additional resource throughout.
  • Annual Symposium – The Symposium is an all-day event combining networking, insights from arts, funding, and education experts and a range of workshops from leaders in cultural education.


How to get involved?

  • We are launching a 2021 Creative Partner Membership which will be FREE until November 2021.
  • Do you want to get involved please fill in our 2021 Expression of Interest Form.
  • Please note as we have limited spaces for delivery partners completion of this electronic form is an expression of interest and does not guarantee membership as an organisation.
  • We know that you have a difficult and demanding job. We’re here to make it as easy as possible for you to get involved.

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Examples and Case Studies

In 2017-18, Central Park, Roman Road and Brampton Primary Schools were all keen to inspire Year 5 pupils to explore literacy creatively and strengthen links across staff and students in their cluster. Creative Schools provided capacity for them to co-commission work with Poet in the CityStratford Circus Arts CentreFuel TheatreArcola TheatreSoundSparkEast London Dance, and Bow Arts with each school working with a different art form. The project culminated in a multi-art-form celebration at Stratford Circus Arts Centre.

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What they are saying…

Over the past three years, our work in east London, catalyzing, convening, and occasionally curating has been a valuable way of testing models of shared ownership across the cultural and education sector in order to ensure that young people in east London get a consistent and high-quality experience of culture.  To this end, the Creative Schools programme has been a hugely successful demonstration of what can be achieved by working together, supporting over 5000 children and young people to access creative and cultural experiences through their school
Sean Gregory, Director of Learning and Engagement, Barbican/ Guildhall School of Music & Drama

The Creative Schools Programme was a brilliant way for us to connect with like-minded schools and teachers. As a result of participating we are now working with a number of schools to support their Artsmark journey and the feedback from the teachers has been extremely positive. This is a great way for creative companies to work with schools.
Tilly Brooke, Director of School Engagement and Marketing, now>press>play

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