Creativity Collaboratives – Inspiring Teaching and Learning

Introducing Our New Year 2 Report

You can now view our Year 2 Penryn Creativity Collaborative Report, plus Action Research findings, by clicking here.

Year 1 Report

You can view our Year 1 Penryn Creativity Collaboratives Report, plus further information, by clicking here.

Year 2

Following a year of Questioning, Challenging and Exploring in Year 1, we felt more equipped with the understanding of why creative skills are needed and what creative skills are needed to become better prepared for a changing workforce for our Cornish students. During Year 2 (2022/23), our focus was on Building and Testing. We wanted to develop a model for developing pedagogy across a partnership of schools and to develop leaders and teachers who are promoting and implementing change for the Teaching of Creativity. We are thrilled that 13 colleagues across the Penryn Partnership were inspired to participate in Action Research during the 2022/23 school year. Across our Learning Community, each Action Research coach explored their own research question linked to our emerging language around creative skills and pedagogy.

Our Action Research programme promoted professional collaboration and helped to establish a team of staff as an evidence-based group. Working and learning with the expertise of the team from the University of Exeter, our teachers also worked with industry and cultural partners in their classrooms, allowing them to hold firm to our overarching question about how we prepare young people for a changing workforce. With the guidance and support of the University of Exeter, we wanted to ensure our Action Research allowed us the opportunity to measure the impact of our work.

About Creativity Collaboratives

In October 2021, 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 Penryn Partnership was selected as one of the eight national pilots, led by Penryn College.

The funding has been generously supported by Freelands Foundation and has been granted to eight lead schools, who each work with a network of at least a further eight schools. The networks trial varied methods of teaching that help children and young people 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.

Check out the sub-menus for more information on the Arts Council England Creativity Collaboratives.