Creativity Collaboratives

Our new fund to support schools to teach for creativity

In October Arts Council England announced funding of £2,780,000 to build a network of schools that will test a range of innovative approaches to teaching for creativity.

The funding has been generously supported by Freelands Foundation and has been granted to eight lead schools, who will each work with a network of at least a further eight schools. The networks will trial varied methods of teaching that help children and young people to develop their creative capabilities and evaluate their effectiveness. The pilot will run until July 2024, testing out teaching approaches and curriculum development which can then be applied more widely throughout the education system.

The launch of the network responds to one of the recommendations of the Durham Commission on Creativity and Education, which sought to investigate the role of creativity in the education system, and find ways to make creativity a bigger part of young people’s lives in education and beyond.

Meet our Creativity Collaboratives

Each Creativity Collaborative will be developing their own specific projects that explore the impact and value of teaching for creativity. Key themes include supporting teachers to develop the skills and confidence to integrate teaching for creativity across their lessons, developing a curriculum that enables curiosity and creativity across all subjects, and how a creative education prepares children and young people to live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives. Find out more about each of our Collaboratives below.


Billesley Primary School

Will be working in West Midlands and East Anglia with a focus on developing a rich curriculum linked to local heritage.

Welbeck Primary School

Working in a diverse range of educational settings including primary schools, a hospital school, a special educational needs school and a referral unit for unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees, Welbeck Primary School will explore how to nurture children’s innate creativity and curiosity within the curriculum.

South West

Penryn College

Will be exploring how teaching for creativity across the curriculum prepares young people for their future in a changing workforce, working in partnership to establish a creative strategy and pedagogy to ensure students are best prepared for the modern workforce.

Halterworth Primary School - University of Winchester Academy Trust

Will focus on exploring enablers and barriers to teaching for creativity and their interaction with inequality, including fostering children’s and teachers’ creative self-beliefs and leading for creativity.

North West

Holy Family Catholic Multi- Academy Trust

Will be working across their community delivering a project focused on reducing disadvantage through creative teaching practices.

North East

The Duchess’s Community High

Project will test approaches to embedding teaching for creativity in all subjects in the curriculum including Maths, Science, Technology and English alongside arts-based subjects.


The St Marylebone CE School

Will explore the development of shared language and values within their school network to create and sustain teaching for creativity.

South East

Anglian Learning (schools in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex)

Will explore how varied approaches to teaching for creativity, with a particular focus on inquisitiveness, support all pupils and contribute to school improvement in a diverse range of settings.

We’ll be sharing each Collaborative’s journey on Creativity Exchange so stay tuned to find out more.

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