Creative Learning raises standards

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Creative learning practices in schools are improving standards and pupils’ personal development according to Ofsted’s latest report.

Research for Ofsted's report, ‘Learning: creative approaches that raise standards’ found that almost all were using creative approaches which had a “perceptible and positive impact on pupils’ personal development and on their preparation for life beyond school”. Schools in challenging circumstances showed the greatest improvements in pupils’ ability across a range of key areas. This was confirmed by considering inspection reports from 180 more schools.
Ofsted said that Creative Partnerships schools have seen “notable improvements in their levels of achievement and in measurable aspects of personal development, such as attendance”; whilst school leaders were confident about the value of the programme and it’s impact on teaching and learning.

One secondary school saw “a marked rise in attainment, from only 9% of students gaining five or more A* to C grades at GCSE, including English and mathematics, in 2005 to 34% in 2007”.
Paul Collard, Chief Executive of Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE), the new national organisation which manages Creative Partnerships, said: “We welcome the recognition that a creative approach can make a real difference in core subjects such as maths. The introduction of artists and creative professionals to support teaching, of maths and science in particular, has been hugely beneficial especially for students who have had difficulty in these areas in the past.
“To date Creative Partnerships has impacted on nearly 1 million pupils in England but we would like the benefits of creative learning to be experienced by all children across the country.”
Creative Partnerships has worked with nearly 5,000 schools across England, from Key Stage 1 to 4. The programme fosters innovative long-term partnerships between schools and creative professionals, including artists, performers, architects, multimedia developers and scientists.

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