The challenges of developing system-wide indicators of creativity reform

The case of Creative Partnerships, UK

Authored by: David Parker , Naranee Ruthra-Rajan

The Routledge International Handbook of Creative Learning

Print publication date:  July  2011
Online publication date:  July  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415548892
eBook ISBN: 9780203817568
Adobe ISBN: 9781136730047


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Creative Partnerships is a unique government funded creative learning initiative. Since April 2009 it has been managed by the charity Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE) but prior to this it was administered from within Arts Council England. While the nature and ambitions of all the projects it has run might vary from place to place, a common thread of rich partnerships, developed between schools and the creative and cultural sector, weaves its way through the whole programme. It is committed to ensuring that young people have access to a wide range of cultural and artistic experiences, believing not only that this increases enjoyment and confidence, but crucially that it unlocks their creativity. Such ambitions understandably come under considerable scrutiny from funders and all those concerned with educational provision for young people. In our capacity as the research directorate for the programme much of our time has been spent inviting the necessary scrutiny in the form of a sustained programme of research and evaluation.

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