Headlines: November 28th, 2006



The Government is claiming that the success of its Creative Partnerships Programme has shown that creativity is a key element in teaching. The 150 million pound programme has linked up 4,500 creative practitioners to 330,000 young people in more than 1500 schools in 36 different parts of the country to promote new ways of working and problem solving.

The Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell has announced that two new major partners – the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Sage, the music and arts centre in Gateshead – are to join the scheme shortly. She told the first Creative Partnerships Conference, held in Manchester, that their participation was being made possible by an extra 600,000 pounds of funding.

The RSC will build long term relationships with 150 schools and directly reach 7,500 young people. The scheme, which will also see it providing training for 1,000 teachers, is being funded by Creative Partnerships, the RSC and Warwick University, each of which is putting up 200,000 pounds. The Sage is to develop a national co-mentoring scheme for 300 people for 12 months from next March. It will help form partnerships between emerging leaders from the education sector and their opposite numbers in the cultural and creative sectors. The Creative Partnerships Programme is giving funding of 416,000 pounds.

Tessa Jowell said head teachers, Ofsted and academic research bodies all agreed that involvement in the CP programme helped to build skills for the new creative industries of the Twenty First Century as well as building personal and social skills and boosting literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.

“Everyone agrees that standards in education have to keep rising if we are to build a firm skill and talent base for the future. But we also know that for us to compete internationally we need to give young people the chance to develop their creative abilities too. We know the CP Programme is a really effective way of reaching those in deprived areas who would normally be most likely to be passed by,” she said.

She added that the new partners were ‘premier league arts companies’ and welcomed the fact that so many young people would get the chance to draw on their talent and creativity and to apply it to their own experience and ambitions.”