Creativity Collaboratives is a national school-led programme, funded by The Arts Council over 3 years. There are 8 ‘Creativity Collaboratives’ around the country – groups of schools testing a range of innovative practices in teaching for creativity.
In Nottingham, 12 schools within the Nottingham Schools Trust (NST) have come together as a community of practice to explore this overarching question:
How can we improve the way our schools nurture children’s innate creative capacity and sustain their curiosity about the world?
We're doing this by:
1. Prioritising teachers’ professional learning about teaching for creativity
2. Creating effective communities of practice that include teachers, creative practitioners and cultural education partners
3. Building networks of events, support and school governance that sustain teaching for creativity
4. Building strong school connections to local cultures and heritage and supporting the development of children’s sense of place.
There are regular opportunities to connect with Prof Bill Lucas, and teachers from around the country within a national peer learning network. The ‘Creative Habits of Mind Wheel’ has been a useful tool through which to reflect on our own creative confidence and the residency programmes with creative practitioners.
Schools involved are: Cantrell Primary, Carrington Primary, Crabtree Farm Primary, Greenfields Community School, Hospital and Home Education Learning Centre, Milford Academy, Old Basford Primary, Southglade Primary, Southwold Primary, Rosehill School, Rufford Primary and Welbeck Primary.
This 6 minute video features creative practitioners, children and teachers who have taken part in the year 2 residencies in Nottingham. Have a listen to what they have to say about why creativity is so important in schools.
Directed by Georgie Scurfield
We have been working with a pool of creative practitioners who have experience working with schools and communities. Their specialities include theatre, dance, visual arts, environmental arts and technology.
Take a look at their profiles and how you can contact them here
This widely used model of creativity was developed by Professor Bill Lucas and colleagues at the University of Winchester.
It can help creative professionals and teachers to:
With thanks to Jemima Corrie for writing this case study and Sarah Bailey for creating and sharing a short video documenting their residency with Usha Mahenthrialingam. Read more
Visual Artist Katie Sandoval worked with children at Welbeck School. "It’s okay if your work looks different to the person sitting next to you, it doesn’t mean it’s wrong” Read more
Carrington collaborated with Mo Languir to create a Lunar Garden The children ‘went on moon walks’, painted ‘moon rocks’, made clay aliens and bought items from home in for a time capsule. Read more
Southglade Primary worked with artist Graham Elstone for their first Creativity Collaboratives residency, creating a sound installation histodisplay. Read more