Find Out How We're Helping to Keep Creativity in Schools

This November, we’re set to welcome teachers, cultural leaders, arts practitioners and students to champion arts in east London schools as part of the Creative Schools Symposium.

We’re thrilled to be at the heart of this pioneering programme that tackles real-world challenges faced by schools through innovative creative projects.

Creative Schools is a partnership programme for schools in east London led by Stratford Circus Arts Centre. Creative Schools champions the use of the arts and creativity by supporting them to design and commission a subsidised project around their needs. By brokering projects with a range of cultural partners including Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning, Half Moon Theatre, Sadler’s Wells, Studio Wayne McGregor and more, Creative Schools creates tailored projects based on a school’s specific challenges to support learning and development throughout education and beyond.

Following the results of recent research from the Cultural Learning Alliance, which showed a 35% drop in take-up of arts
subjects at GCSE between 2010 and 2018, need to find ways to inject more creativity is more critical than ever. The findings of the Durham Commission report, published earlier this month also called for the arts to be woven through the learning process and not regarded as a specialism. This year’s Symposium will reflect Creative Schools’ broad approach to creativity as well as promote discussion around representation in the arts, and supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Creative Schools: Our Impact 2015 - 18

  • 4800+young people participated in a project
  • 178 cultural organisations took part
  • 99 schools took part
  • 45 creative projects delivered
  • 150 young people participated in consultations and leadership activities

“I am very glad to be part of Creative Schools – it is helping me to strengthen our commitment across the schools as we continue to raise the profile of arts within our curriculum.” – Teacher

“I understand the need to get the schools involved right from the beginning of the project, before we’ve even got the artists on board, so we are working to their aims.” – Cultural Leader

Find out more about Creative Schools and how you can get your organisation or school involved