CPD – Creative Learning across the Curriculum

Current bespoke CPD provision for schools includes:

  • Two hour ‘twilight’ sessions to engage staff in the concept of creative learning
  • Whole school INSET days to devise strategies for embedding creative learning in school/college improvement plans
  • Crossing Curriculum Boarders – ideas for cross-curricula project working
  • Creative teaching and learning:  a departmental approach – approaches for raising standards within specific departments, through exploring creative ideas for delivering curriculum based learning

Portfolio of work includes:

A cross-curricula approach to creative learning: CPD for teachers of Maths, Science and Design & Technology at Bexhill High, East Sussex

“Sophie and the team are encouraging us to think outside of the box – they have injected our teaching with exciting ideas; it is the best project we’ve worked on. There’s no doubt that the CPD input has made us more creative in our approach to project working.”

Teachers working on SpaceLab 2011

“I’ve learnt more about these students during this project than in the rest of their time at the school; a progression like this is what motivates people to teach; what you dream teaching would be like – what you see in the adverts.”

Hannah Butcher, Science teacher working on SpaceLab 20011

“I can foresee this work having an impact when they start studying for their GCSE Maths and Science”

Kate Richards, Maths teacher working on SpaceLab 20011

Sophie worked with Bexhill High as the Creative Agent for the duration of their Change School Programme, funded by DCMS/Arts Council England’s national Creative Partnerships Programme. Bexhill High were preparing to move into a new, state-of-the-art school where KS3 learning was planned to take place in 90 student learning pods. The school used the programme to investigate the creative potential of the new learning environments, focusing on a curriculum area called ‘Discoveries’, a cross-curricular faculty comprising maths, science and technology. The final phase of the programme culminated with their move into the new school, where they put their findings into practice by asking: How can we model creative behaviours in the learning pods, and evidence students’ learning outcomes in Discoveries through creative activities? In this final year, three creative practitioners – product designer Ivo Rousham, artist/structural engineer Kenton Lowe and environmental journalist Chantal Cooke- worked with twelve Discoveries teachers (made up of four science, four technology and four maths specialists) and three hundred Year 7 students to plan and deliver a project based on the idea of a space mission to explore other planets. The resulting project, SpaceLab 20011, culminated in an interactive sharing event where over three hundred parents and family members, as well as staff and other community members, experienced the students’ learning journeys through the shared exploration of the ‘living’ installation of the Space Lab. The school now has a living legacy for its experimental approach to creative learning in the new school environment, particularly in relation to working effectively as teams across the pods. The Discoveries team has made a big step on their journey towards being a creative and collaborative department, and are especially positive about the impact of involving students in the planning of large scale curriculum-focused events. The school is planning to disseminate this practice to the other staff via CPD, as well as working with creative practitioners in the future to embed similar models of creative learning projects in other faculties.

“Sophie’s creative methods of working have encouraged Key Stage 3 students with poor literacy skills to actually want to pick up a text and read it!”

Claire Gordon, Head of Expressive Arts, The George Green’s School, Isle of Dogs

“The CPD input on this project has made me passionate about learning in areas that I’m not trained in, and am not confident in – science and maths. I have been struggling to keep afloat, and this has helped me fit in.”

Design & Technology teacher working on SpaceLab 20011

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