Ofsted recognises the benefits of Creative Partnerships


Ofsted has recognised the benefits of Creative Partnerships in it’s latest report “Learning: creative approaches that raise standards”. The report found that creative learning practices in schools are improving standards and pupils’ personal development.

Ofsted visited 44 schools for the report and 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.

Eighteen of the schools visited are Creative Partnerships schools. Ofsted remarks 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”.

Commenting on the report, Paul Collard said: “We are pleased that the report recognises what we see in schools every day: that creative approaches to learning raise attainment levels, improve attendance and increase pupil motivation particularly for schools in challenging circumstances. We also 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.”