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Curriculum development

Is your school looking for a truly creative curriculum that harnesses the potential of the arts to enrich learning?

Teaching creatively

using imaginative approaches to make learning more interesting and effective.

“Creativity is the ability to find new solutions to a problem or new modes of expression; thus it brings into existence something new to the individual and to the culture.” 

 

(Sir Ken Robinson)

Teaching for creativity

forms of teaching that are intended to develop young people’s own creative thinking or behaviour.

We understand creativity and know how to support its implementation in schools. 

We're arts and cultural learning specialists. Our work has informed policy and practice both nationally and internationally.

 

We've worked with Arts Council England on key programmes of work like Artsmark, Arts Award and the Cultural Education Challenge. We've worked with universities to develop their education programmes and with teaching school alliances to put creativity at the heart of initial teacher training. 

Implementing a truly creative curriculum

A flexible CPD model that can be adapted to suit ​be adapted to suit but is normally delivered as either a half day or full day session in schools. Areas of consideration include:

  • What is 'creativity'?

  • Why is it important to nurture and develop the creative capacity of learners?

  • What are the characteristics of a creative classroom?

  • Can creativity be assessed/monitored?

  • How can planning incorporate creative activities?

Objectives:

  • Promote and develop creative practice across the curriculum

  • Support curriculum planning that includes a consideration of the development of creative skills and capacity to provide a context and purpose for a variety of curriculum linked activities

  • Lay the foundations for increased use of the arts and creative activities within subsequent unit/cycle planning across the school/academy

Ensuring a cultural entitlement for learners

Objectives:

  • Identify 'hot' and 'cold' arts and cultural learning provision across MAT's 

  • Share effective practice and partnerships across schools

  • Reduce costs of workshops, performances and visits

There is compelling evidence of the virtues of a broad and balanced curriculum that naturally includes the arts and cultural learning. As MATs (Multiple Academy Trusts) evolve, there is an increasing need to ensure all learners receive the same opportunities regardless of the school they attend. 

 

We've developed a structure that enables MATs to audit their arts and cultural offer across schools. Our model includes:

  • an online audit tool to monitor existing provision across schools to determine areas requiring development

  • An online audit of engagement with external agencies and visits that allow MAT's to identify effective providers and to negotiate reduced fees for multiple visits.   

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