Creativity Collaboratives: Inspiring Teaching and Learning

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A webinar by Penryn Creativity Collaborative to share the findings published in their Year 1 Report.

Creativity Collaboratives (CC) is an England-wide initiative funded by Arts Council England and supported by the Freelands Foundation which began in October 2021 and will last for three years. The Penryn CC is one of eight partnerships, each compromising a lead school, a network of schools and a University research partner. The CC project is intended to build a network of schools that will test a range of innovative approaches to teaching for creativity. Penryn College is an 11-16 school on the south Cornish coast and lead school for the Penryn CC programme working alongside eight local primary schools who form the Penryn Partnership. Each CC network is trialling varied methods that help children and young people to develop their creative capabilities and evaluate their effectiveness.

The Penryn Creativity Collaboratives seeks to explore the question ‘How does teaching creativity across the curriculum lead to young people who are better prepared for their future in a changing workforce? Aiming to Inspire Teaching and Learning for a future curriculum and ensure that learners Creativity is cultivated across the school curriculum and the collaborative has ambition plans. Working with the School of Education at the University of Exeter, Penryn College and the Penryn Partnership have started researching the impact that teaching for creativity has on preparing our young people for a future workforce.

The focus of Penryn CC’s Year 1 research was to ‘Question, Challenge and Explore’, working towards creating a ‘Preparing for a Creative Future’ framework. The Penryn CC used a range of explorative research methods; a literature review, a business and cultural partners survey, a range of focus groups, and interviews to explore approaches to teaching and learning across the Penryn Partnership. The Penryn CC is led by Sarah Childs, lead practitioner from Penryn College, with the expertise of Associate Professor Kerry Chappell, Ursula Crickmay and Professor Alex Thornton from the University of Exeter.

The findings can now be found in the Year 1 Report at Creativity Collaboratives – Inspiring Teaching and Learning – Penryn College (

This webinar is a chance to find out more about Creativity Collaboratives, the Penryn project, and the findings to date. It will feature Sarah Childs, Associate Professor Kerry Chappell and Ursula Crickmay.

The link for the webinar will be emailed to registered attendees ahead of the session.

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