Lead Creative Schools Scheme

Lead Creative Schools Scheme

Last summer I was accepted as a Creative Agent on the Lead Creative School Scheme for the Arts Council of Wales. The scheme has been forged through the Arts in Education Review in Wales and the Donaldson Report with recommendations for the Welsh Curriculum, which are being implemented fully by the Welsh Government.

The scheme has been established to improve the quality of teaching and learning at schools across Wales and to use creativity as a vehicle for engagement. The scheme aims to promote new ways of working through innovative and bespoke programmes of learning.

After a four day training programme with the Creativity Culture and Education team last September, I was allocated two schools in South West Wales; Fenton Primary in Haverfordwest and Cefn Hengoed Community School in Swansea.

Part of my role is to introduce creative professionals to the schools, so they're able to respond to the school's Development Plan, a quality document which identifies areas for improvement. The newly appointed Creative Practitioners will design a specific project tailored to the needs and interests of targeted groups of learners, helping to realise their full creative potential. My hope is that this creative approach will encourage pupils to be more disciplined, imaginative and inquisitive.

I’m delighted that BAFTA Cymru winning filmmaker, Jane Hubbard has agreed to work with Fenton Primary and Turner Prize winners, Amica Dall and Daniel Halahan of ASSEMBLE will work with Cefn Hengoed Community School.

Our projects begin later this month … I’ll keep you posted!