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Centre of Excellence in Creative Education

A partnership project led by High View School and supported by Take A Part celebrating, testing and exploring creative models of working within the school and community. Via our work with High View Take A Part have become experts in Creative Education and would love to help YOUR school to embed creativity and community building. If this interests you, get in touch!

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High View School believes in excellent teaching and excellent creativity without compromise on outcomes. They believe talent is in everyone and when they started their RIO Creative Partnerships Programme in 2005 they took a different approach, using the resource to target vulnerable children and their hard to reach parents to share opportunity.

In 2006, High View started their long-term partnership with Take A Part and since then High View has worked on many successful, long term, curriculum embedded creative projects with Take A Part and independently.

In collaboration with Take A Part, High View are embarking on an Arts Council funded project supporting other schools in Plymouth to develop the ability to create exciting and memorable learning opportunities through the arts, in a way that adds value across the curriculum and contributes to improvements in attainment and progress. The project will actively support schools to take a lead in embedding creativity
in their curriculum and to share their learning with their communities and wider networks - creating a web of support, advocacy and links into schools for other arts, cultural, heritage and creative sectors to partner with on projects and programmes with mutual benefit.

Centres of Excellence in Creative Education will initially run a year-long artist and teacher in residence programme at High View
School for other schools to observe and actively learn from. The programme will consist of exploring the models and methodologies High View and Take A Part have developed to establish and grow an arts ecology which is long term and more embedded, leading to High View to being the first school to offer specialist support in teacher training around Creative Education.

At the same time, partner schools participating will be supported to develop the understanding and skills to help better embedded creativity in their schools as legacy of the programme.

Centre of Excellence allows High View and Take A Part to share our knowledge and expertise with others, while inviting into
schools artists, experts and teachers from other areas with an interest, specialisation or ambition around creative education; creating a climate of exploration and discovery and sharing learning in a peer-to-peer manner, that can be directly applied in school settings.

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As a National Lead Educator and National Teaching School, High View are able to platform discussions and lead conversation at a national level about the future of arts and culture in our curriculum and the wider role it has in terms of students' lives and communities.

This work positions High View and Take A Part as a National Leader in Creative Education and an exemplar of how schools can
achieve excellent educational attainment with a creative approach. It also puts us in a unique place to advocate to Ofsted and DfE about the impact and role that widening the ways in which we teach can have on our country.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the programme has had to be both incredibly flexible and responsive but has continued to be delivered utilising different approaches both digital and in person. We will share the narrative of this project by holding a symposium/webinar in spring 2022 as the culmination of, and reflection upon, the programme.

You can see films from the first project taking inspiration from the theme of 'Viking Gods' with artist Soraya Phillips here and here.

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