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Exploring Creative Learning
This book tells the story of a joyful journey embarked upon by two primary schools. The diversity of needs in their community compelled the schools to devise new ways to prepare children effectively for the challenges of the 21st century.
Using the arts as a catalyst, the schools evolved innovative and creative strategies for inspiring and engaging all children in their own learning. An EAZ sponsored collaboration begun four years ago touched every aspect of school life and ultimately it wholly reformed both schools. Contributions from those involved in the schools--the teachers, teaching assistants, children, parents, headteachers, governors, researchers, LEA officers, artists--bring a rich range of perspectives to this exciting account of a complex learning journey.
Exploring Creative Learning is for everyone involved in developing creative learning in primary schools: teachers, senior leadership teams, teacher trainers, headteachers, governors, policy makers, and arts organizations looking to work in partnerships with schools.
Acknowledgements; Contributors; Introduction; 1) The Structure of the Project: ‘What I Want to Know Is: How Is This Going to Work?’; 2) The Impact on Pupils: ‘It’s Like Doing it for Yourself or Breathing in Your Soul’; 3) Partnerships with Arts Organisations: ‘I Enjoyed it Because I Got to Meet New People and See What They Could Do’; 4) Partner’s Perspectives: ‘I Feel Nervous Because I’m Going to Have a New Teacher that I Don’t Know Well’; 5) Continuing Professional Development: ‘I am Developing the Confidence to Have a Go’; 6) Assessing Learning: ‘Sometimes it’s Hard Because You Know What You Enjoy But You Don’t Know What You’ve Learnt—But Actually You Have Learnt Something’; 7) Leadership: Winning Hearts and Minds; Conclusion: A Celebration of Creative Learning; Glossary; References; Index.