We were also delighted to welcome Nikki Haydon, Community Partnerships and Extended Schools Co-ordinator from Haverstock School in Camden, who spoke about her school's experience of working in partnership with the Roundhouse and the positive impact it has had on pupils and the school community.
Taking our inspiration from these presentations and from the spectacular view of London, we settled down to discuss the elements that can contribute to a successful partnership:
Benefits of partnership working
Establishing project goals
Selecting creative practitioners
Developing the project idea
Nurturing the partnership
Ensuring the sustainability of creative achievement
These themes have emerged from recent research carried out by A New Direction's Sarah Davies, and the resulting publication 'Creative Schools London: Six Stories of Creativity and Partnership', which can be downloaded here.
The range of experience and expertise in the room from schools and organisations alike was, itself, inspiring.
I'm still working my way through all the notes – watch this space for a resource covering the above themes coming soon! – but what was overwhelmingly clear was that both schools and arts/cultural organisations really value partnerships, working together to tailor work to the specific needs of the school and its pupils, and creating something long term that can be of mutual benefit. And that schools are keen to find out what opportunities there are to forge new partnerships and find new ways ofengaging and inspiring their students and their staff.