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In this paper and presentation I want to show that the pressing challenges and concerns of 21st century education can be met through creative programmes of learning and that the unknown and largely unknowable requirements of a rapidly changing employment environment can best be met through the development of learners who are flexible, resilient, adaptable and innovative thinkers.
Since 2001 across England a growing number of schools have participated in a government funded programme called Creative Partnerships. I want to show how this programme not only meets the requirements of a more ‘traditional’ curriculum, but can also unlock the creative potential of learners in ways that better prepare them to embrace the new opportunities of fast changing global jobs markets.
The paper will describe the nature and scale of the Creative Partnerships programme and summarise a series of research studies which together give an aggregated account of impact. The evidence presents a powerful argument for concerted and co-ordinated approaches to education that unleash the full potential of learners through the use of creative people outside of the education sphere – among others, artists, dancers, writers, actors, filmmakers, architects and musicians.