The Problem for the Arts
Arts and cultural education are life-enhancing.
In the current funding climate, many schools are forced to cut back on opportunities for pupils. The creative arts, in general, are at risk of becoming marginalised and undervalued in schools.
Creative Schools is about bringing in the arts at a strategic level within schools, creating more buy-in from headteachers and using creative projects to produce the wider results that schools want.
Together we can get more children and young people being creative at school!
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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 City, Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Fuel Theatre, Arcola Theatre, SoundSpark, East 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.
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