Creativity Collaboratives in the North West

Creativity Collaboratives in the North West

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Curious Minds is delighted to congratulate St Bernard's RC Primary School in Ellesmere Port and Holy Family Catholic Multi Academy Trust, which has been chosen to lead one of only eight Creativity Collaboratives across the country.
Based on the findings of the Durham Commission and led by Arts Council England, with funding from Freelands Foundation, the Creativity Collaboratives programme aims to build networks of schools that will test a range of innovative methods of teaching that help children and young people to develop their creative capabilities and evaluate their effectiveness. The pilots will run until July 2024, testing out teaching approaches and curriculum development which can then be applied more widely. As part of their involvement, St Bernard's will be working across their community to deliver a project focused on reducing disadvantage through creative teaching practices.

Over the past 8 years, St Bernard’s has put creativity and the arts at the forefront of curriculum development, believing that all children should be given the widest experiences to develop their understanding and passions. By nurturing creativity and developing creative thinking through the curriculum, pupils have been able to achieve widely and build knowledge, skills and competencies that support all they do inside and out of school. They are excellently situated to take on this role.

In particular, we would like to congratulate Emily Reid (Assistant Headteacher at St. Bernard's and SLiCE® Fellow) and Andy Moor (CEO of Holy Family Catholic Multi Academy Trust) who spearheaded the application for the programme.
Curious Minds' CEO, Derri Burdon, and its Executive Director of Learning and Workforce Development, Jude Bird, commented:

We are delighted with the success of St Bernards RC Primary School in this prestigious national programme. As one of only 8 lead schools chosen across the whole country, it is a real accolade and testimony to their commitment to teaching for creativity. Curious Minds has worked closely with the school over the past eight years on a number of our flagship programmes including the SLiCE® and CASE Fellowships. The school has achieved Artsmark Award at Platinum level and is a beacon of excellence in arts, culture and creativity.

We look forward to continued working with them and are excited to see the Creative Collaboratives project linking to our developmental hyper-local work in Ellesmere Port.

CEO of the Multi-Academy Trust, Andy Moor, said:

We are looking forward to embarking on this programme, to help shape a new view of education that recognises the value of creativity and its impact on outcomes for children. We believe that teaching children to think creatively will help them when they face difficulties in learning and life, and help them to truly ‘thrive’. Through this project, more schools will see the benefit of working in this way. As a lead of a Creativity Collaborative, we will continue to develop partnerships and networks, allowing others to access innovative practices in creativity and to explore what works for their communities.

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