Creativity, Culture and Education

 Creative Partnerships Program / Lead Creative Schools




UK based, programs in Norway, Hungary, Netherland, Lithuania, Korea, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Pakistan, among others.

Grade Level of Students Participating


Number of Students Participating per Year

Over 10,000 (data from 2016)
From its creation in 2002 until the end of 2011, Creative Partnerships have worked with over 1 million children and over 90,000 teachers in more than 8,000 projects across over 5,000 schools in England.

Year Organization Began


Relationship to the public education system

Provide teacher professional development in partnership with local education ministries and schools.

Organization’s Vision and Mission

CCE believes in the fundamental value of enabling all children, young people, and families to experience and access a diverse range of creative and cultural activities because of these experiences:

  • Bring intrinsic pleasure and benefits;
  • Raise their aspirations;
  • Improve their achievements and skills;
  • Unlock their imaginations;
  • Bring about lasting improvements in the quality of their lives.

Brief Description of Program Activities

Creative Partnerships (CP) supports long-term partnerships between schools and creative professionals, which result in sustainable improvements in the quality of teaching and learning in schools. It is designed to operate within the existing curriculum, enhancing the cognitive, social, emotional and creative performance of young people. This is evidenced by improvements in discipline, motivation, engagement, attendance and academic attainment.2

Program Content: Intrapersonal Competencies

A creative education reduces the dominance of transmission in education so that, while still achieving good academic results, it results in resilient, disciplined, self-starting young people.

Program Content: Interpersonal Competencies

Lessons challenge students to relate learning to real-life situations, where students are engaged physically and socially, as well as emotionally and intellectually. This allows students to develop the interpersonal competencies of teamwork, perspective taking and communication.

Program Content: Cognitive Competencies

Creativity education develops students’ inhibitory control through helping them tolerate uncertainty and stick with difficulty; it strengthens students’ working memory through inviting them to make connections, reflect critically, wonder, question and explore.

Program Content: Attitudes and Values

The program aims to cultivated creativity as “a wider ability to question, make connections and take an innovative and imaginative approach to problem solving.”

CCE defines creativity as the “five habits of mind” which include being: 1. Inquisitive 2. Persistent 3. Imaginative 4. Disciplined 5. Collaborative

Program Content: Pedagogy/Active Engagement of Students

The transformation of teaching and learning is based on creative processes, which are channeled into classrooms and school life.

CCE cultivates teachers to use inquiry-based teaching, encourage social ways of working and flexible use of time. Teachers should acknowledge emotions in the classroom and makes that central.

CCE encourages students as learner resources, meaning that their own experience is used to engage the learning.

Also, learning should be visible. For example, fifth graders are given the opportunity to apply math concepts to build a structure on the playground instead of only knowing the concepts on paper.

Additional Links of Note

  1. Evaluation of the Pilot math program in Pecs, Hungary

2. Creative and Learning - What Is The Connection

3. Report on CCE pedagogy

4. Impact on young people

Reference list

1All information on this table come from CCE’s website and from a phone interview with Paul Collard, Chief Executive that took place in June 2016 unless otherwise noted.
2WISE award introduction

Prepared by

Vincent Chunhao Qian