In our Managing Creativity courses, our Primary Strategy Curriculum Development courses and our guidance to the schools in the creativity project pilot we have encouraged schools to consider their provision within three "strands". The strands provide a framework within which to consider school improvement but we emphasise that the approach must be holistic and the strands are very much interwoven.
We emphasise that the approach embraces Excellence & Enjoyment, Every Child Matters, Personalised Learning and Assessment for Learning.
The strands are:-
1. Developing more creative teaching and learning.
We emphasise the important point that this is about both more creative teaching which will inspire, engage and motivate pupils and, equally importantly, developing creativity within the student. The strand is broken down into three parts:-
· the skills of learning which should be taught
· the attributes of children which should be nurtured
· the learning environment which should be provided
We include teaching within the environment in that it is part of what children experience when they are at school. A significant part of that teaching covers the use of ICT. We have produced a table of skills, attributes and environmental features which we have taken from the Primary Strategy Materials (annexe 1). We have also produced these tables in the form of audit or self-evaluation documents which the schools can use.
2. Creative development of the school curriculum and timetable.
We are gathering an ever-increasing number of examples of ways in which schools are planning their curriculum, their school day or year to provide more excitement, a better use of time, opportunities for project work which cut across subject boundaries, better transition between Key Stages and so on. We are sharing with schools examples of good practice within Lancashire and across the country. We are in the process of providing case studies on the Creativity Project Schools which are available to view on our website.
3. A Greater Emphasis on the Creative Arts.
Through our courses we attempt to counter the alleged tension between the "standards agenda" and the provision of a broad and rich curriculum and we emphasise the need to provide more opportunities for success and enjoyment, not fewer.
We have publicised available support from Creative Partnerships, the Arts Learning Consortium, the Music Service, the Museums Service, and the Outdoor Education Service. For more details on how to contact these partners, please see our External Partners Website. We have also alerted schools to the existence of the creativity website, which will have details of other available outside experts to help develop this area.
We have recently completed two curriculum development projects within Lancashire:-
The first of these is our Entitlement Project which looks at what primary pupils might be entitled to expect from their primary schools. It is work which is still in progress.
We encourage schools to work with the materials and would welcome any feedback, such as further examples of successful work you have carried out in any particular aspect. We could then add your examples to the final column thus building upon the work so far and producing an ever more valuable resource.
Please contact Chris Webster (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jen Farrington (email@example.com)