My Creative School Learning Resource
Arts-led, schools focused resources exploring new approaches to school development
Welcome to the My Creative School Learning Resource: a selection of tools, case studies and writing based on the learning from a two-year partnership with primary schools across South London.
My Creative School (MCS) was a two-year programme of arts-led ‘Creative Catalyst’ projects which ran from 2016 to 2018. These projects forged new models of working between artists and teachers, developing creative approaches to school improvement and curriculum delivery.
Three project models formed the cornerstone of MCS:
- Pioneer teachers: Teachers empowered to pioneer new ideas
- Immersive adventure: Igniting appetites for learning
- Child leaders: Children directing their own learning
These models have informed the MCS Learning Resource and are woven throughout the tools and case studies. As you continue to develop new approaches to your own school improvement / development priorities, we hope the MCS Learning Resource will support you to pioneer new ideas, create immersive learning experiences and support children to lead, with the arts at the centre.
Whether you are a senior leader or class teacher, we hope these resources will support schools at strategy level, in classrooms and teachers’ own development:
The Narrative of My Creative School
A background to MCS and the strength of the arts in the context of school priorities. SLTs and teachers will find an outline of new approaches to school development.
Compendium of Ideas
A collection of tools and innovative ideas for SLTs and teachers. Step by step instructions and case studies support school development with new, school-wide creative approaches.
Framework for Change
A framework of three Creative Catalyst tools to support SLTs to explore, plan and embed new arts-led approaches to a school development priority from scratch.
Stories and Tools
A collection of blogs and classroom tools by MCS creative practitioners. The blogs tell the story of each school’s journey. The corresponding tools support the teaching of reading, writing and maths.
A set of postcard case studies that share the learning and achievements from nine schools’ Creative Catalyst Projects in the second year of the MCS programme.
The MCS Learning Resource can also be download as a PDF containing all three chapters in full (Narrative, Compendium and Framework tools).