Posts Tagged ‘Education’

Get On The Radio

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011


I’ve started doing some work with Get On The Radio. They are a team of experienced and enthusiastic creatives who have come together through a shared passion for creative education and the exceptional teaching and learning potential of radio broadcasting.

They’re currently working in schools across the Midlands setting up pupil led radio stations. They have a great team that provide everything from technial advice, installation and training to setting up a school radio station with production teams for a variety of radio programmes.

They have strong links with radio professionals and programme makers who can deliver specific masterclasses. I’m working with them as a producer, helping pupils to generate content for their shows such as theme tunes, jingles, features and sound effects.

It’s a fantastic method for encouraging independent, cross-curricular learning in an exciting and creative way.

Find our more and listen to some of the results on their website –

Creative Partnerhsip’s Legacy

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Creativity Culture & Education (CCE), the charity that run Creative Partnerships, have a number of ‘Legacy of Creative Partnerships’ videos amongst other things on their vimeo page.

Creative Partnership’s Demise

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Cultural figures and teachers denounce the abolition of Creative Partnerships

“The abolition of a flagship scheme to improve the teaching of the arts in English schools has been condemned by teachers and leading names in British culture as a “foolhardy” move that threatens the education of the most vulnerable children.”

Read more from this article in the Observer here.

For an example of the kind of impact and legacy Creative Partnerships has had in one Black Country school watch this video from Trinity CofE Primary school:

View the video in context on Creative Partnerships website.

Creative Change: The Governors’ Perspective

Friday, October 8th, 2010

I’ve just recently finished a film project working with Ian McCormick at ICFILM. The film is called ‘Creative Change: The Governors’ Perspective’ and looks at the benefits and challenges of developing a creative curriculum in two contrasting primary schools from the perspective of the school governors. The two schools we worked with are Change Schools on the Creative Partnerships programme.

The project followed an action research model using film as the medium.  We interviewed the headteachers and a number of governors from each school about their experiences of developing a more creative curriculum. Despite the two schools being quite different in their demographic (one in rural Herefordshire the other in North Birmingham) the challenges and concerns were similar, but the overwhelming response to the impact of the changes were positive. Both schools talked about the increased level of enagagement and motivation in their pupils and governors commented on the relevance of developing creative thinking skills for the wider world and work.

The film was commissioned by Bright Space who deliver the CP programme in Birmingham, Herefordshire and Worcestershire and the film is now being distributed to schools they are currently working with. It is intended to promote increased understanding and engagement from governors in schools who are undergoing changes towards a more creative approach to teaching and learning.

For more information or copies of the film please contact Bright Space.

Report on the Impact of Creative Partnerships

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

A recent report highlighting the positive impacts of Creative Partnerships may have come too late as, unsurprisingly in the current political and financial climate, funding is likely to be withdrawn with the programme ending after this academic year.

The independent research from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) reveals the Creative Partnerships programme will generate the equivalent of £15.30 of economic benefits for every £1 of investment. This equates to nearly £4 billion net positive benefit for the UK economy.

‘The Costs and Benefits of Creative Partnerships’ report was commissioned by national charity Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE) to analyze how its work with learners, parents, schools and teachers has impacted on the wider UK economy. PricewaterhouseCoopers has analysed CCE’s existing large-scale national evidence and considered impacts of the programme, including:
  • the premium associated by gaining five good GCSEs
  • the avoided social costs of crime and truancy
  • the improved teacher morale from being involved in Creative Partnerships leading to higher retention rates.

More info on the CP website.

Recent CP School Projects

Saturday, July 24th, 2010


I’ve just completed another couple of Creative Partnerships projects that I’ve been working on over the summer term.

I was working with a Yr3/4 class at St Bartholomew’s Primary in Wolverhampton to create some podcasts and a project blog. This was one of the youngest groups I’ve worked with on a project of this sort and they coped really well. They wrote some fantastic scripts and managed to get to grips with recording using portable recorders. They also mastered basic editing and mixing using Audacity. We also did a little bit of work using Garage Band on the school mac.

The other project was at Penn Hall SEN School also in Wolverhampton. I worked with the whole school to create a sound trail around the school grounds with imaginary soundtracks for each of the six locations. Participants followed a map and listened to directions and the soundtracks on mp3 players. I collaborated with graphic designer Nick Smith to create the map and we also produced an interactive CD Rom to document the project.

More info and examples of the work on the updated  ‘Creative Partnerships’ page.