(CP) has been operating in about 20 areas over England since 2002 bringing a range of different creative practices to bear on teaching, learning, curricula and school culutres. Their funding has recently been cut by the Arts Council which is filling many arts organisations and artists with dread about the future of arts in schools.
The Creative Partnerships programme brings creative workers such as artists, architects and scientists into schools to work with teachers to inspire young people and help them learn.
The programme has worked with over 1 million children, and over 90,000 teachers in more than 8000 projects in England since 2002. Until the cuts, Creative Partnerships was England’s flagship creative learning programme, designed to develop the skills of children and young people across England, raising their aspirations, achievements and life chances.
- Young people who have attended Creative Partnerships activities made, on average the equivalent of 2.5 grades better progress in GCSE (NFER)
- Creative Partnerships was shown to be associated with an educationally significant reduction in total absence rates in primary schools (NFER)
- Around 70% of the programme’s funding goes directly to the practitioners and over half of those working with Creative Partnerships have developed other work and employed other professionals as a result. Thus having a positive impact on the economy (Burns Owen Partnership)
Does the termination of Creative Partnerships mean the end of partnerships with artists? We are researching new ways of how schools can engage artists in this era of the Coalition and are gathering views from schools, artists and other interested parties on how there can be 'life after CP'. Please email me if you're interested in participating in planning this new future! email@example.com