Teachers from schools across Ebor Academy Trust have been visiting schools in Finland and in Plymouth as part of an initiative to develop creativity across the primary school curriculum.
Finland has a reputation for innovative, creative schools and the Plymouth School of Creative Arts focuses on ‘make, discover, perform’ learning. The Ebor teachers, part of a curriculum innovation team, say examples of good practice they have witnessed will be considered as part of the review.
The need to re-think the curriculum is partly driven by Ebor’s success in gaining central government approval to establish a Creative Arts Academy, for 5-11 year-olds. The idea behind the new school is supported by Dame Judi Dench and Sir Nicholas Serota, chair of Arts Council England, among others. Discussions are ongoing as to where this will be located.
“I have always believed creativity and the creative arts should be encouraged in our schools and the approval of our bid has given Ebor the opportunity to thoroughly research how we can plan a 21st century education for 21st century citizens,” said Richard Ludlow, chief executive of Ebor Academy Trust.
“It’s a tremendous career development opportunity for our teachers and the ideas they are bringing back may yet have profound beneficial consequences for our children.”